Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge Stitch 40

Stitch 40 for Take a Stitch Tuesday is Shell Chain. Shell chain is a form of double chain stitch which is a lot of fun to do, particularly if you add beads! So my tutorial this week demonstrates the regular shell chain and then demonstrates the same stitch wiht a bead added. This freeform sample of shell chain is worked using a variety threads, knitting yarns including even some satin ribbon! The ribbon is about 1/4 of an inch wide.
shell chain stitch sample
If you decide to add beads to Shell chain use stitch use a size 26 tapestry needle. Since the eye of a tapestry needle is long you can thread cotton perle #8 and cotton Perle #5 through the long eye. However, the needle itself is thin, which means you can add a bead to your working thread as you stitch. The Beading is NOT done afterwards but during the stitching process.

TAST2012logoHow to join in and share Stitch 40 of the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitches. If you are an experienced embroiderer push these stitches in creative manner and share with beginners what can be done with a little imagination.

I have an IMPORTANT QUESTION about TAST. Can readers leave some feedback as to the direction they would like to see TAST take?  Do we want to stop this challenge at stitch 50 or carry on to stop at a 100? Or, another option is to take a break at stitch 50 for a month or so then repeat the challenge. Open to other ideas as well, leave a comment below and let me know what you think. I have also asked the  TAST facebook group and will probably run a poll there.

Where to share

Stitch a sample, photograph it, put in online on your blog, flickr site, share it on facebook or where ever you hang out online, and leave a comment on the Shell chain page with your full web address. Don’t forget the http bit of the web address so that your address becomes a live link so that people can visit your site and see what you have done. Please spread the word about Take a Stitch Tuesday on your social networks.

Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group.  If you are a hashtag type person use the hashtag #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page. All stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome

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Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge Stitch 39

Coral stitch the challenge for this week. Stitch 39 is an old embroidery stitch creates a knotted line that can be used for outlines as it follows a curve well. It is quickly worked and useful for twiggy bits in a organic and floral patterns. Thread choice will influence to look of this stitch as the larger the thread the more the knots will sit proud against the fabric. I have found a thread such as cotton perle #5 or #8 looks good as the twist of the thread produces a nice knot. Yarns and novelty threads also create an interesting strong line. So have fun with it and experiment as I am sure you will be able to add this stitch to your repertoire of linear stitches.

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How to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

All stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome. If you are a beginner the challenge is to learn the stitch. If you are an experienced embroiderer push these stitches in creative manner and share so that beginners what can be done with a little imagination.

Where to share TAST Stitch 39 

Stitch a sample, photograph it, put in online on your blog, flickr site, share it on facebook or where ever you hang out online, and leave a comment on the Coral stitch tutorial page. Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group  or use the hashtag #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.

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Challenge Stitch 38 of Take a Stitch Tuesday

Cloud filling sample 1Cloud Filling stitch,  is the first filler stitch in this challenge.  If you are a new hand to embroider you will find that filler stitches are amazingly useful to cover areas of a pattern.

I have taught this stitch to children so it is his stitch is quick and easy to work, but don’t turn your nose up at is as it is adaptable and easy to give a contemporary twist to.

The grid that you lay down for Cloud Filling stitch is traditionally created as a simple straight stitch which you lace a thread through  (see the tutorial here) but if you can created a grid of, satin stitches, detached chain stitches, bullion knots, fly stitches or cross stitches.If you use different and unusual threads or novelty yarns  you can create some very different effects.
TAST2012logoHow to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitch. If you are an experienced embroiderer push these stitches in creative manner and share with beginners so they 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 on facebook or where ever you hang out online, and leave a comment on the Cloud Filling Stitch page with your full web address. Don’t forget the http bit of the web address so that your address becomes a live link so that people can visit your site and see what you have done. Please spread the word about Take a Stitch Tuesday on your social networks.

Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group.  If you are a hashtag type person use the hashtag #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page. All stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome

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