Take a stitch Tuesday Challenge week 13

Well at least I have my days right this week! This week the challenge stitch is knotted cretan.

I know some may read this and think “It’s just more Cretan stitch!” In one way it is, but this is an interesting stitch as there is a second pattern of texture built up in the knots formed along the spines.

As a variety of Cretan these knots formed on the spine can create a whole different feel to a piece because of the texture. Ordinary Cretan is flat this version is textured. Worked in a thicker thread you can really do things with it.

Like ordinary Cretan you can work it in rows or use it to fill and create shapes.

Wide rows are useful to create broad lines.

Rows can be worked easily on a curve or placed side by side to create patterns

One side of the prongs can be worked longer than the other.

As you can see in the sample above you can easily work threads in a circle

This stitch really comes into its own when used for organic forms as the twiggy looking line is ideal as grasses or in floral motifs.

Click through to the directions on how to do knotted cretan in my stitch dictionary. When you have stitched a sample swing by and leave a comment so people can check out your site. Don’t forget to leave your URL. To avoid spam you must be registered to leave a comment and all comments are moderated. This means when I have read them I approve them and they are published.

Don’t forget that Debra Spincic generously runs a web ring for the TAST challenge which is found here and for those who have a Flickr account there is the Take a stitch Tuesday flickr group

That’s the Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge stitch this week … Enjoy!

 


Take a stitch Tuesday Challenge week 12

Sorry Take a stitch Tuesday is going up on Wednesday. We had a public holiday on Monday and I forgot what day it was! I must not be quite back to my normal self. I feel a twit but here it is a day late…

I often get asked what do I do with lumpy or highly textured and thick yarns. My answer is always couch them on.

This week the challenge stitch is couching.

So this week you get to play with all those lumpy hairy threads. I think people will enjoy it. It is simple to work and adds texture to any piece.

As you can see in the sample above you can easily work threads in a spiral.

Many people do not realise that you can use other embroidery stitches to hold down the thread. In this case I used a twisted chain.

This is ribbon which is couched down with beads and embroidery

This thread is held down by buttonhole

Here the same thread held in place with barred chain.

Here herringbone holds two stands of thicker thread down.

The possibilities are endless so don’t feel you can’t use those thicker or lumpy threads! Click through to the directions on how to do couching in my stitch dictionary. When you have stitched a sample swing by and leave a comment so people can check out your site. Don’t forget to leave your URL. To avoid spam you must be registered to leave a comment and all comments are moderated. This means when I have read them I approve them and they are published.

Don’t forget that Debra Spincic generously runs a web ring for the TAST challenge which is found here and for those who have a Flickr account there is the Take a stitch Tuesday flickr group

That’s the Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge stitch this week … Enjoy!

 


A New Stitch Variety?

Yesterday I spent some time bumping around the various sites of those people who are participating in the TAST Challenge when I came across Elisabeth’s post on Quieter moments. Elizabeth has developed a 3 pronged up and down buttonhole stitch. This immediately sent me scurrying about in my books and photocopies, notes and the like as I have a huge number of stitch varieties documented in 11 loose leaf files (all full and overflowing) I thought I had seen this stitch before, but I could not find it in any of my references. Would anyone who recognises it please let Elizabeth know. It may be a case of re-inventing a stitch but I think it might be new variety. I know I am going to play with it.