It’s a big day today, as we have another Beyond TAST challenge – but before I announce that, I want to tell you about Stitch 15 – Rice stitch. For those beginners who are familiar with cross stitches, you will find Rice Stitch a doddle. Take a look at the tutorial as there are instructions and a few varieties to give you ideas.
For those stitchers who are experienced, also take a look at Rice stitch and notice how in a number of samples I build the texture of the embroidered surface up in layers. Both the samples above are worked on linen (26 cnt) and were created out of my thread scraps. I first lay down a layer of large crosses using different coloured threads. They were my thread ends, so in some cases, I did 8 or 9 large foundation crosses and others only 1 or 2. I did not worry if they were all different types of thread. The top sample has wool, cotton stranded floss, cotton perle and silk all in the one sample. Then once the foundation crosses were worked I worked the top cross bars in whatever thread had left over. In both cases, the layers of threads created a really interesting and rich surface. I have used Rice stitch as an example, but there are many stitches that look great layered.
The Beyond TAST challenge is to experiment with layering stitches. It can be any sort of stitch and without necessarily changing lots of threads. The idea is to cover the cloth in layers and enough layering to create a surface of interest. It’s quite a time-consuming way to work so don’t tackle a huge area – give yourself a chance to experiment with the idea of layering stitches over the next few weeks.
Beyond TAST is for those readers who have done TAST before or for people who already know the basic embroidery stitches. See the TAST FAQ for more details.
How to take part in the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge
If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitches. Learn stitch 13 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.
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 Rice 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.
If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.
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