Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge week 20

I can’t quite believe we are 20 weeks into this challenge. It does not feel that long but it is. I hope everyone is still enjoying it as much as I am.

This week the challenge is an embroidery stitch know as Butterfly chain stitch.

At first glance it looks quite set in its ways but if you vary the length of the foundation stitches and the way you chain it, the stitch becomes interesting.

You can work it row upon row to form a pattern or as a single line to define a shape.

 

Shapes such as these squares can be repeated to form patterns

 

You can change the angle of the chain to produce secondary patterns

This sample the foundation stitches are stepped and the angle of the chained stitches are changed to produce a very different variation on what it considered a some what old fashioned stitch

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. 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 stitch this week …as usual experiment, explore and Enjoy!


 

Take a stitch Tuesday Challenge week 19

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.

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 …as usual experiment, explore and Enjoy!


Take a stitch Tuesday Challenge week 18

Last week everyone seemed to enjoy the challenge of a simple hand worked stitch.

This week the challenge are two similar embroidery stitches Woven Wheel and Whipped Wheel.

Don’t assume these stitches can not be used in evenweave embroidery.

The sample here is actually Eye stitched whipped and I have included it to point out that that these two stitches (or the idea behind how they are worked) makes them very versatile.

As with most stitches it is not technical limitations that you hit but limitations of imagination only.

You can whip or weave both full wheels and half wheels with success.

This small sample I worked last night in silk thread the weight of DMC 8 thread on Quaker cloth. The beads are stitched in the middle first then outer spokes are whipped or woven.

These little three quarter woven wheels are used as fans on a crazy quilt block.

Whipped wheels are a stitch that are a lot of fun to use in contemporary embroidery, particularly when they are used in conjunction with other hand embroidery stitches.

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. 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.

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