Just a quick heads-up before I announce the TAST stitch for this week. Next week will be a break/catch up week. By this stage of the challenge, many people need a breather, and the northern summer interrupts regular routines. So TAST will take a break.
Now on with this weeks stitch! Stitch 28 for Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018 is Half Chevron stitch. This stitch is an example of a variety that is two parts of different stitches that make up a new stitch. Half Chevron stitch consists of half Chevron Stitch and half Cretan Stitch both have been in the TAST challenge, but if you need a reminder of which is which, then follow the links to the tutorials for a bit of a refresher.
This stitch is fun as a simple border, or you can work it row upon row to create a filling pattern. It will also follow a curve and you can use it to couch down threads. Of course, for crazy quilters, it is a fun foundation stitch to embellish seams and you can easily add beads to it. Generally, it’s a fun stitch and interesting.
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 visit the tutorial page and learn how to work Half Chevron stitch then 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 Half Chevron stitch page with your full web address so that people can visit your site and see what you have done.
If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.
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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