You often see Sheaf Stitch used as a light, filling stitch with single stitches spaced evenly over an area, but it is often underestimated, as it is far more interesting than just an area filler. You can arrange clusters of stitches to create patterns. I think you will be surprised. Try sketching out a few ideas on paper and you will quickly realise that you are only limited by your imagination – and of course, time to try out the ideas! If you use interesting threads and beads the possibilities expand further. Have fun with it, explore it a bit and I am sure you will be surprised.
For those who have done TAST before or if you already know the basic embroidery stitches join in on the Beyond TAST challenge. Beyond TAST is a season of 4-6 weeks that allows time to explore an aspect of a design, technique, style, or family of stitches. See the TAST FAQ for more details. Follow the link to discover the current Beyond TAST challenge and enjoy that.
How to take part in the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge
If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn Sheaf Stitch and share what you have learnt. If you are an experienced embroiderer enjoy the Beyond TAST challenge instead. Try and give your work a modern twist and share it online so beginners can see what can be done with a little imagination.
If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.
Where to share
Stitch a sample, photograph it, put in online on your blog, Flickr site, share it in the TAST facebook group or where ever you hang out online. If you have a blog, leave a comment on the Sheaf Stitch page with your full web address so that people can visit your site and see what you have done. For Flickr people, the group is Take a Stitch Tuesday. Hashtags are #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc.
Have you seen my book?
My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results shares detailed practical methods on how to design and make a crazy quilt. Topics such as fabric choice, tricky challenges like balancing colour, texture and pattern, and how to create movement to direct your viewer’s eye around the block are covered in detail. I also explain how to stitch and build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated, as my aim is to be practical and inspiring.
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