Take a stitch Tuesday Challenge week 23

Last week I asked if people wanted to have a holiday week but the majority did not want to have catch up time so we have another stitch this week for the Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge.

Wheatear stitch is a great stitch to explore and interpret in all sorts ways. It consists of two straight stitches worked on the diagonal with a chain looped through the base.

For this weeks samples I have used 1 ply of Caron Watercolour thread on Aida.

You can do all sorts of things to wheatear stitch. It can be stacked row upon row and worked to create a pattern.

In this sample I have simply worked rows in both directions and lined up so they slightly overlap but you can easily step the rows, lace, thread and use the rows the couch down thread. Some very interesting effects can be built up this way.

 

 

Wheatear can also be worked in a square. In this sample I have worked 4 squares building up a pattern. You could easily add beads to the patterning as well.

 

 

The next four samples are variations on adding extra straight stitches. All of them can be worked in singles like this or worked in rows in a square in line or on a curve. Beads could easily be added and the stitch could be used to couch down stitches. The possibilities are really limitless!

 

 

The last sample contains wheatear stitched worked on a curve that has been worked around a bead. Once you work Wheatear on a curve its nature becomes very organic and it looks like wild grasses or wheat. Hence the name.

Also on the sample is a variety in which I have substituted oyster stitch for the chain loop. It makes for a very interesting variety.

 

 

This last sample the stitch has been used on a Crazy Quilting Block. I used a silk thread and added extra straight stitches in a metallic thread then topped it off with a bead.

 

 

When you have stitched a sample swing by and leave a comment on this post so people can check out your site. To avoid spam you must be registered and all comments are moderated. This means they are not approved immediately but when I have read they are published.

Other news is that Debra Spincic wrote to me through the week to tell me that she is no longer taking sign ups for the TAST webring as spam has overloaded her but there is a Take a stitch Tuesday flickr group which you can browse


 

Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge week 22

 

This is now the 22nd week of the Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge. As the weeks go on I am noticing that people are struggling to keep up. I sense samples are being worked frantically as busy lives touch us all. This week I have not worked fresh samples, which I usually do. Some of these samples come from details which are to be found here.

Rushing the experimentation process in many ways defeats the purpose of the challenge as to explore a stitch people need time to relax, take their time and fiddle about with needle and thread. In the process people have a chance to discover something new for themselves they don’t make these discoveries if a busy life means they can not take the time.

I have a question for the group – leave a comment and I will go with the majority. Do people need a catch up week? A week free to settle back and not feel pressured to make a sample? I do have a stitch in mind for next week and have time to do it but I am thinking of the group. Let me know if you need a week off – as I say leave a comment here on my blog and I will go with the majority.

OK on with the challenge stitch for this week!

 

 

The firsts sample at the top of the post is worked on 26 cnt linen in wool with contrasting thread of cotton and the sample above is worked on 26 cnt linen in silk and cotton.

This week I have a chosen a stitch which at first glance looks ridgid but I am sure that its simplicity will lead to many explorations that will delight stitchers. Satin stitch is simply a series of straight stitches arranged in patterns or worked to fill a shape. As one of the oldest and universally used embroidery stitches it is often overlooked as being too simple. It is the very simplicity of this stitch that is its strength.

 

As you can see you can arrange the stitch in numerous patterns and it is the patterning that delights stitchers. The sample above is worked on 26 cnt linen worked in contrasting threads of cotton and silk.

 

The stitch can also be worked on the curve (the sample in the stitch dictionary is worked this way) but it can also be worked in a free form manner

The samples above and below are l worked on 26 cnt linen mainly in wool but the freeform sample has a sprinkling of contrasting threads in cotton and silk.

 

Don’t forget all the tricks you have seen already during the challenge. You can work this stitch in squares- lines on the curve just about any way you like.

If you are enjoying this challenge you may be interested in my latest online class offered on Joggles.com. Sumptuous surfaces is a 6 week online course which will start July 11th. (Details about the class are on the joggles site so follow the link for more information.)

When you have stitched a sample swing by and leave a comment on this post so people can check out your site. To avoid spam you must be registered to leave a comment and all comments are moderated. This means when I have read them and know you are human not a spam bot. I approve them and they are published.

 

Debra Spincic generously runs a web ring for the TAST challenge and there is also the Take a stitch Tuesday flickr group

 

That’s the Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge stitch this week …as usual experiment, explore and Enjoy!


 

Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge week 21

This is now the 21st week of the Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge. This week I have a chosen a stitch which at first glance is perhaps too rigid to do too much with. I hope that explorations of Crossed buttonhole stitch will prove that this is not the case.

As you can see in the first sample you can arrange the stitch in rows to form patterns. Or as in the second sample, you can stack them row upon row as above. These arrangements can arranged in patterns or worked on a curve in a freeform manner.

When you change the height of the stitch it form more patterns which of course can be stacked to produce secondary patterns too.

You do not often see crossed buttonhole worked in a square but you can do it quite easily.

These squares can be arranged in patterns. You could add beads or sequins to embellish the pattern further.

The squares could also be turned on a point and worked as diamonds or worked over net to layer your stitching.

This sample is worked in wool on Aida cloth but worked in a specialty thread or a metallic thread the shape could be built up into interesting little motifs.

You can change the angle of the arms, make them long or short. Although I have not done it this week you can also work the stitch on a curve.

Or you can work the stitch on the diagonal and this changes the look totally. Once again this diagonal row could be stacked, worked row upon row, used to couch threads down, add beads etc. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination and time!

If you are enjoying this challenge you may be interested in my latest online class offered on Joggles.com. Sumptuous surfaces is a 6 week online course which will start July 11th. (Details about the class are on the joggles site so follow the link for more information.)

When you have stitched a sample swing by and leave a comment on this post so people can check out your site. To avoid spam you must be registered to leave a comment and all comments are moderated. This means when I have read them and know you are human not a spam bot. I approve them and they are published.

Debra Spincic generously runs a web ring for the TAST challenge and there is also the Take a stitch Tuesday flickr group

That’s the Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge stitch this week …as usual experiment, explore and Enjoy!