Stitch 27 is Bonnet Stitch. I know some people will have not heard of Bonnet stitch and once, a reader thought I had invented it, but it is not the case as Bonnet stitch is an old stitch that has been revived. It was originally documented in a 1923 copy of Embroidery Magazine, then in the 1950’s it was published in The Constance Howard Book of Stitches (Page 56) and then in Jan Eaton’s Complete Stitch Encyclopedia (page 30), which was published in the 1980’s. I know…a bit stitch geeky … but I am a veritable stitch spotter! Anyway, it is an interesting stitch and I think readers will find it intriguing. Over past TAST challenges, there have been some great interpretations of this stitch.
You can create patterns if you work this stitch row upon row, or in this case, in rows back to back but Bonnet stitch also looks great worked in circles and spirals.
Visit the Bonnet stitch tutorial for instructions on how to work the stitch and ideas on how to use it. Bonnet stitch looks best in a thread with a firm twist, like a cotton perle. I really recommend, that for surface embroidery, people try using some cotton perle thread. If you don’t have a needlework shop near you, there are many online outlets that you can use. Learn to experiment with other threads as often what looks flat and listless in stranded cotton floss comes to life if you use a thread with a firm twist.
Beyond TAST is for those readers who have done TAST before or for people who already know the basic embroidery stitches. 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 Bonnet 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.
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 Bonnet 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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