Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018 Stitch 12

Stitch 12 for Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018 is to learn or experiment with Sheaf Stitch. Follow the link for a tutorial and eye candy on Sheaf Stitch.

Sheaf Stitch Sample 3
You often see Sheaf Stitch used as a light, filling stitch with single stitches spaced evenly over an area, but it is often underestimated, as it is far more interesting than just an area filler. You can arrange clusters of stitches to create patterns. I think you will be surprised. Try sketching out a few ideas on paper and you will quickly realise that you are only limited by your imagination – and of course, time to try out the ideas! If you use interesting threads and beads the possibilities expand further. Have fun with it, explore it a bit and I am sure you will be surprised.

Sheaf Stitch Sample 2

Beyond TAST

For those who have done TAST before or if you already know the basic embroidery stitches join in on the Beyond TAST challenge. Beyond TAST is a season of 4-6 weeks that allows time to explore an aspect of a design, technique, style, or family of stitches. See the TAST FAQ for more details. Follow the link to discover the current Beyond TAST challenge and enjoy that.

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How to take part in the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn Sheaf 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.

If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.

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  Sheaf 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.

Have you seen my book?

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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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Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018 Stitch 11

Stitch 11 for Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018 is Chevron stitch. Follow the link for a tutorial and eye candy.

Chevron stitch sample 6Chevron stitch is an old favourite, as I find myself turning to this stitch more and more when I feel stuck for ideas. With Chevron stitch you can vary the spacing of the feet and, the height and width of the stitch, to create all sorts of interesting effects.  As you can see from the sample above, you can also overlay stitches such as herringbone.  This sample was developed by creating a line of herringbone in dark blue cotton perle #5 thread. The next journey was creating in Chevron stitch in light blue cotton perle #5 thread. To each of the feet, I added two bullion stitches in wool thread. I used a hand-dyed silk thread to add a fly stitch to the base of the bullion stitches to create what looks like a little flower-bud.

Chevron stitch sample 4It is a great stitch to work back-to-back and then decorate. In this sample, 2 rows of Chevron stitch is worked along a seam before decorating with detached chain stitches and novelty beads.

There are many more ideas on how to use this stitch on the Chevron Stitch instruction page.

Beyond TAST

For those who have done TAST before or if you already know the basic embroidery stitches join in on the Beyond TAST challenge. Beyond TAST is a season of 4-6 weeks that allows time to explore an aspect of a design, technique, style, or family of stitches. See the TAST FAQ for more details. Follow the link to discover the current Beyond TAST challenge and enjoy that.

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How to take part in the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

If you are new to hand embroidery, the challenge is to learn the stitches. Learn Chevron 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 your experiments with stitch 11 

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  Chevron 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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Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018 Break week

TAST2012logoLast week I mentioned that since some people are struggling a bit to stay up to date, this week is a catchup week, a break or mini challenge for those who will go through total TAST withdrawal. For those people here is a mini challenge: …. drum roll ….Take 3 stitches you have learnt in TAST and use them in small project or sample. It does not need to be complicated, but the aim is to apply what you have already learnt to something and to start you off designing your own stuff.  Three stitches on a small project … that is all.

For others who are in catchup mode, this week gives you a little time. Catchup weeks are important, particularly for beginners as it is easy to fall a bit behind – we all have busy lives. What I hope to prevent is people slipping behind, then getting discouraged, as the main aim of TAST and the reason I run it is because I love embroidery and love to introduce people to embroidery, so I want to see everyone succeed.

Beyond TAST

For those who are on the Beyond TAST challenge, nothing changes too much for you. Follow the link to discover the current Beyond TAST challenge and enjoy that.

Where to share

Share photos of what you do on your blog, flickr site, or in the  TAST facebook group  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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