Take a Stitch Tuesday update and weekly round up

I have just updated the Take a stitch Tuesday Challenge page and quietly singing to myself – out of tune but nevertheless singing and quietly because I don’t want to wake the house but I am excited at what people have been doing with the challenge.

I am not sure quite how I am going to keep up with everybody but I am having a lot of fun trying. There are nearly 170 people signed up. Everyone is listed on the Take a stitch Tuesday Challenge page. I hope I have not missed anyone out as there has been emails flying back and forth, comments left and lots of activity on top of technical problems the load has been considerable. If I have left you out of the list on the challenge page, and you have a blog or flickr site please leave a comment as it is simply a mistake.

I have subscribed to everyone in my bloglines account and it has become my morning indulgence to see what people are doing with herringbone stitch. If you do not have an RSS feeder they are very useful particularly if you are working way your through a lot of blogs and flickr sites.

I realise that I have not committed to what day I would so a weekly round up of who has done what on this challenge. I was going to run a summary of what people had done on the previous week each Tuesday when I announced the stitch but I think I will run the weekly round up on either Saturday or Sunday. It gives people time to stitch and yet leaves time for those who need a bit eye candy to get their inspiration so here is the first one. I am not shifting the deadline as such as I can include anything published after my Sunday round up the following week.

I am sure anyone who has been doing any blog browsing will see that you can take herringbone stitch in many directions. Hopefully looking at what people have done gives a different perspective of the one basic stitch.

Jennifer of A Garden of Stitches has worked a sample on felted wool

Allison Aller layered stitches over a loose weave wool

Pat of Altering thoughts has designed a piece which set herringbone on a curve.

Although Annie of Annie’s Crazy World said she was not going to join in on TAST she did applying it to her latest block. Annie has also posted an image of herringbone which has been interrupted ever third cross. Breaking stitches up like this always produces interesting results

Beth of Artist Perpetually in Progress- Mixed Media Art has been exploring priming canvas for stitching.

For Carol of Art~n~Quilt it was the first time to explore this stitch.

Ati of Ati on the crazy road has worked 3 seams on a crazy quilt block and a whimsical snail in herringbone

Gail of Big Horn Mountain Creations has also worked a few rows of herringbone stitch on her sampler

Emmy Schoonbeek of Cramzy has also worked on the curve. Take a look at the small sample she worked on hand dyed fabric is great.

Susan of Crazy Quilting for Fun has worked some seams on her latest crazy quilting project.

Francoise of Creatilfun posted an image of a herringbone sample she worked a while back. It is great eye candy to provoke ideas and has worked two samples

Karen of Creaworx has worked a section of a sampler. Do check it out as she has used herringbone to couch stitches, she has woven thread through it, laced herringbone and explored spacing. The second piece is full scene so don’t miss it

Barbara of Embroidery overlaps has worked miles of her sampler. OK I am exaggerating but it looks as if she has worked a couple feet of it, in all sorts of varieties of herringbone, using different threads, exploring spacing, tread weight and colour.

Jade Rose of Enter the stitcher has worked herringbone to look like a braid by weaving 4 rows.

Melissa of Frog Stitch has worked a small sampler exploring stitch size, what the stitch looks like using a different number of stranded floss, lacing herringbone, using herringbone to couch down ribbon, and varieties of double herringbone stitch.

Don’t miss Pat Winter’s of Gatherings explorations of beaded herringbone

June R of Grandma Ziki’s Stitching has worked a neat sampler and has been thinking about thread weight

Elizabet of Her eyes shone like emeralds of the deepest hue has jumped into the challenge full of enthusiasm and worked a sampler exploring herringbone, using different threads, exploring spacing, tread weight and colour.

I was wondering if anyone would think to use herringbone to appliqué fabrics to back ground and Amy of In the Fold did!

JoWynn has worked her sampler inmulticoloured threads

Judith Green of Judith’s Material Musings has also worked herringbone on the curve in the shape of a heart and applied herringbone to a crazy quilt seam embellishment.

Outi of Just thinking aloud has explored working herringbone in a circle. Outi has changed the scale as she works. Take a look as her other sample is interesting too.

Katie Jayinpa of Katie’s New Place has applied herringbone to crazy quilt block which is also a UFO – two challenges for the price of one here.

Pam Kellogg of Kitty and me designs has diagrammed some patterns for herringbone stitch.

Deborah of Knitstoryworked a sample on Aida exploring perle cotton, embroidery floss, silk ribbon, and couching.

Linda is known as Lindamh on flickr, ha
s worked a sample on 14 count Aida using perle 5 and 8 threads.

Beth of Meandering Threads has created a freeform sample

Virginia of Needle and Thimble has started a crazy quilt block as her sampler for TAST

Julieanne of Neverending Journey has worked a free form sampler. I really liked the ‘rules’ she established for herself.

I was wondering if anyone would twig to the fact that working a closely spaced herringbone stitch is one of the basic stitches for shadow work. Peggy of Peg’s Place did.

Julita of the Pin Gallery as worked a sampler.

Carol Taylor of Postcards and stuff has worked a wonderful freeform sampler of herringbone

Lin Moon of Purple Fan wants to change the challenge acronym to TASTY! This week she has worked herringbone over rick rack and produced a sampler that crazy quilters will delight in.

Elizabeth of Quieter Moments has really been stitching up a storm as she has worked a good number of samples. Do check them out I am sure you will be inspired to try some out.

Quilt Pixie tackled herringbone in an interesting way and although she did not like it I think it holds possibilities. Take a look and you will see what I mean.

Quilterin is written in both German and English so you can follow this Austrian blogger’s activities easily. Take a look at the sample Elke has worked. The third row down is great and particularly useful for crazy quilters. Also have a look at the details on crazy quilt blocks that have been posted.

Renea’s is known as renmedema on flickr and she has been exploring colour contrasts working herringbone stitch in different threads

Sharon of Sharon’s Art Journal also worked some samples of herringbone

Kim of Skybell arts has explored stitches on a different scale, using threads in different colours and weights.

Tina of Tina’s blog has worked some wonderful samples

Don’t miss Véro de La Fare’s fish worked in herringbone.

Vivian has a flickr site Vivian in stitches has posted images of herringbone worked in combination with other stitches. Do check out her samples as crazy quilters will enjoy some of her combinations.

Charlene of When This You See, Remember Me has worked herringbone in a loose manner.

Willma of Wilma goes crazy has explored tied herringbone and explored a variety which in English is called woven herringbone. Wilma has posted directions on how to do this stitch. In The English version the thread goes twice around the cross instead of once as the Dutch version. So I will explore this further

For those who have a flickr account there is a group you can send your photos to. It is called the Take a stitch Tuesday group. It is a sort of one stop shop for those who want to browse the results each week.

Take a Stitch Tuesday Week 1

After all the drama with technical difficulties in the last week or so it is good to settle down with a cuppa and be writing about stitching.

As you can see the first stitch for the Take a stitch Tuesday Challenge is Herringbone stitch. This engagingly simple stitch is considered one of the basic stitches but like all the basic stitches it is extremely versatile.

Herringbone can be used to hold down other threads, (couching) or you can weave threads through it.

In this sample I worked herringbone in hand dyed DMC pearl 5 on linen.

The top row is laced with a pearl thread, the next row is laced with a rayon ribbon floss, the third row has a metallic braid woven through the top section of the stitch.

The bottom row is double herringbone was worked in hand dyed crochet cotton and has been tied with small straight stitches.

Rows of herringbone can be stacked one on top of another. The next sample is worked on Lynda 27 cnt. The first row is double herringbone worked close together. The second line of embroidery, consists of three rows of closely spaced herringbone stitch, worked in DMC pearl threads

The final row on this sampler is a single line of herringbone which has been tied with small straight stitches. The row was worked using DMC pearl 5 thread.

Stacking rows of herringbone can create interesting patterns. This sample is tied herringbone worked in DMC pearl 8 thread.

Herringbone is a useful stitch for building up patterns. It can be stacked in a number ways and you can make use of the spaces created between the stitches to create a secondary pattern. This sample was worked on hand dyed Aida and the herringbone was interspersed with crossed stitches.

In this sample I simply added some beads to the spaces in between the stitch.

Herringbone can be worked diagonally too! It is simple if you stop and think about it as you simply step each stitch downward working on a right angle line along the row. As the each stitch steps downward it builds up a very interesting pattern across the cloth.

Changing the size of individual stitches can also produce some interesting results.

By changing the size of the stitch you can also create the impression of a curve. This sample is worked on hand dyed Aida cloth which has a hard grid like structure but simply by changing the size of the stitch a curve is created.

Herringbone is often seen on crazy quilt blocks. I often treat a foundation row of herringbone as a base for weaving a second thread in and out of the V shapes. You can see two rows of this technique employed on this 8 inch crazy quilt block.

The challenge is to try out the stitch on any fabric you choose and using any thread you choose. See what you can come up with and experiment with variations. Some ideas include could include to see what it looks like layered, stacked and repeated. See what it looks like laced with thicker threads and see what patterns you can discover by changing the spacing and stacking herringbone in different ways. See how many different ways to work this stitch you can think of. Post images on your blog or flickr site I will be looking forward to seeing what everyone does with the stitch and doing a link round up next Tuesday.

The challenge is on! What can you do with Herringbone?


A back up plan for Take a stitch Tuesdays

Once again I have had trouble with this blog. I hope it is the last time. With the Take a stitch Tuesday Challenge starting tomorrow I have put a backup system into place. I have started a free blog over on WordPress.com under the title of Sharonb . Bookmark it, as if this inaminuteago goes down again, I will post to that blog. I am tired of writing about this topic and everyone must be tired of reading about it!

So to summarize if you come here and the site is down I will post to Sharonb as an emergency back up. That means if I am having technical problems people don’t miss out on important posts. Particularly those posts that relate to the Take a stitch Tuesday challenge. I won’t use it unless there is a problem. Normal blogging will continue here – keep your fingers crossed for me!

On another note…

While Australian crowds in Sydney welcomed in the new year we celebrated in the rain with friends and neighbours. That’s right we had rain! Although damp no one was at all disappointed to see rain in fact we raised our glasses to it. Lets hope that in 2007 breaks this 6 year drought.

Happy New Year everyone!