Every week I am totally amazed at the imagination, creative experimentation and the work that people put into this challenge.
By far the best part is watching the samples go online bit by bit as people publish their pieces. It really becomes a thrill. I come home from work on Monday night to a flurry of activity as people make the ‘deadline’. I think last week everyone enjoyed the whipped and woven wheels as they are fun.
If you are enjoying this challenge you may want to check out my latest class Sumptuous surfaces offered on Joggles.com. This class 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.)
This week the challenge is an embroidery stitch called Basque stitch.
As the name suggests, this stitch is found on old embroideries from the Basque area of northern Spain you also find it used on embroidery from Portugal and southern France.
Once you get the hang of it this stitch falls into a rhythm and its very relaxing to work.
The first sample is worked flipping the stitches from side to side. As you can see it makes an ideal floral motif or part motif.
I used DMC perle 5 thread.
This is a stitch that is absolutely marvellous on a curve. This sample was worked on a piece of cotton batik and I just picked out the curve of the printed pattern.
This sample on linen has three basque stitches hanging off a stem stitch to form a little flower. It is stitched in a thread the same weight as DMC perle 8
This is an example of working it in a line. You can create patterns by extending the loops. When worked in rows you can crate some interesting arrangements. You can also whip or thread the base of the stitch to create more effects still!
This last example is where I used it in crazy quilting. It is really good at emphasising a line in a motif.
This last sample is worked in a circle. When worked like this it takes on the form of a flower whichis ideal in floral motifs. it is very effective if you work in a heavy thread and fill the middle with beads!
As usual with this challenge when you have stitched a sample swing by and leave a comment (preferably on this post) so people can check out your site. Don’t forget to leave your URL.
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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 …as usual experiment, explore and Enjoy!