Take a stitch Tuesday challenge

Feather stitch sample
TAST2012logoTake a stitch Tuesday has arrived quickly! This week the challenge is learn or experiment with Feather stitch. For those who are new to embroidery you will find aspects of the hand movements you need to make this stitch are similar to those learnt  in Fly stitch and Buttonhole. I hope readers following this series can see there is a method to my madness in introducing these stitches in this way as each builds a little on the skill gained while learning the previous stitch. In fact the first 15 weeks or so of TAST is a effectively an embroidery course suitable for beginners to take.

How 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 push Feather stitch in creative manner and share with beginners 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 Feather stitch page with your full web address include the http bit of the web address so that it becomes a live link. This enables people to click through and see what you have done.

Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group or on the TAST Flickr group.  If this is the first you have read about the challenge read the details and guidelines on the TAST FAQ page. All are stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome

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Tuesday – Take a stitch challenge

buttonhole stitch sample 9The hand embroidery Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST) challenge re-run is back by popular demand. Week 2 of the challenge is Buttonhole stitch or blanket stitch as many people call it. No matter what you call it this stitch is actually the foundation for a whole family of stitches. Depending on how you classify stitches many people see feather stitch and fly stitch as part of that family.

I don’t want to argue over how hand embroidery stitches are classified,  as that can be a bit boring but some people classify stitches according to the hand movement you need to make in order to create the stitch. So since a fly stitch for instance has the same hand movement as buttonhole in the sense that the thread is passed under the needle some people classify them as being in the same family. I have found that if people think in terms of what hand action they are making they can make sense of it and helps build skills. If you group together stitches in families it helps as you have rough idea of the sort of movement your hand needs to make.

Grouping hand embroidery stitches in families can be a very helpful way to think about them.  For some they try and memorise the various names and put them into families rather than thinking about the hand action and they can get in muddle about it. To be honest,  if the idea of families of stitches  just confuses you  don’t worry about it as it is meant to be an aid – a way of thinking about a stitch – not another point about embroidery to remember or be confused about. I would love to know what readers think and if you group stitches in your mind so for instance you think in terms of crossed stitches, knotted stitches, etc. Leave a comment as I really would love to know.

I have revamped the Buttonhole stitch page with new step by step instructions and hope it is useful.

How to join in

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitch. If you are an experienced push buttonhole a little further- show the new hands what can be done with a little imagination.  Use buttonhole in a creative manner take it where ever you want and give it a 21st century twist.

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 Buttonhole stitch page with your full web address so people can visit and see your sample. In other words, include the http bit of the web address so that it becomes a live link to your work.

Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group or on the TAST Flickr group.  If this is the first you have read about the challenge read the details and guidelines on the TAST FAQ page. All are welcome

Have fun! Hopefully there will not be too many tangles!

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It is Tuesday … time to stitch

Fly stitch sample 9
TAST2012logoAs I announced yesterday by popular demand the Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST) challenge will re-run! Yesterday after being caught on the hop by the popularity of this idea I re-wrote the page for Fly Stitch and added more samples so do check it out.  The first stitch on the TAST list to try is Fly stitch.

I hope you find the sample interesting and tempted to experiment a bit. This  page and pages like it will be incorporated into my stitch dictionary which I am in the process of moving here. I hope to add a lot more samples and eye candy to most stitches so this is the look and feel of what the rebuilt  stitch dictionary will look like.

How to join in

The challenge is for new hands to learn the stitch or if you are an experienced stitcher take the stitch and push it a little further in a creative manner. 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 with your full web address so people can visit and see your sample.

If you want to participate in TAST feel free to join in the comments on the Fly Stitch page, or join the  TAST facebook group. If you want details about the challenge you will find them on the TAST FAQ page

ADDED LATER – Gosh there are over 400 sign ups in the facebook group! I am a bit stunned at the response to this re-run.

Have fun! Hopefully there will not be too many tangles!

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