Take a stitch Tuesday Challenge week 14

Well everyone seems to be enjoying these slightly more complex stitches. I too am thoroughly enjoying following the links left in the comments and looking at where people take the stitch.

I thought this week I would throw you a rather obscure stitch and see what people could do with it. This week the challenge stitch is bonnet stitch. Jan Eaton in her Complete Stitch Encyclopedia states that she found this stitch in a 1923 issue of Embroidery Magazine.

The sample on the left is Bonnet stitch worked as an isolated stitch. It is not normally worked in this isolated manner in other words worked this way it is a variety. The advantage is however you can easily see the construction of the stitch which is why I have posted this image first up.

Some stitches you look at the directions and they look distinctly uninspiring. Bonnet stitch is such a case. It looks like a double buttonhole or perhaps a herringbone with its knickers in twist. Try it out I think it will surprise you.

It looks best in a thread with firm twist. That said most thread types are suitable and you can be quite creative with this stitch. It is interesting if you work it at different angles or use it to couch heavy threads to the fabric. This sample is of different threads. The first row is cotton Perle 8, the next rayon thread, followed by silk and the last row being a metallic.

You can work this stitch in rows or use it to fill and create shapes. Wide rows are useful to create broad lines or placed side by side to create patterns.

For traditional embroiderers this stitch looks great worked row upon row I have even used it as a canvas stitch filling doing this.

Rows can be worked easily on a curve. It can be worked in freeform manner to produce organic lines used in floral motifs as a textured looking line.

As you can see in the sample above you can easily work this stitch in a circle.

Click through to the directions on how to do the challenge stitch bonnet stitch 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 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!