Stitch 22 is actually a variety of the stitch I introduced you to last week, which, In case you have forgotten, was cable chain stitch. I have chosen Interlaced Cable Chain stitch to illustrate that we can build on stitches in a variety of ways, and one of those techniques is to treat the stitch as a foundation row and lace a second thread through them, turning the stitch into a composite.
Interlaced Cable Chain stitch looks complex, but really is simple and remarkably quick. You can lace with thread of the same type or experiment with novelty yarn, fine ribbon and fine braid. The sample above was stitched in cotton perle #5 thread. As usual, I have a tutorial on how to work Interlaced Cable Chain Stitch I hope you enjoy experimenting with this stitch.
Beyond TAST is for those readers who have done TAST before or for people who already know the basic embroidery stitches. Try and give your work a modern twist and share it online so beginners can see what can be done with a little imagination. Details about the current Beyond TAST challenge are here
How to take part in the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge
If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn how to do Interlaced Cable Chain Stitch and share what you have learnt.
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 Interlaced Cable Chain 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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