Gosh we are at week 50 of the TAST challenge. I can’ quite believe it. This week could people make an effort to leave a comment if they are still stitching even if you are running behind it would be nice to see who is still left. I know I am still stand but just!
I have been asked if I am going to keep the TAST page up next year as some people discovered both TAST and my blog as late in the year as October and November and would like to work the stitches. Yes I will keep it up and for anyone doing this as you work samples feel free to drop by and leave a comment I am sure people will love to see what you have done.
These late discoverers are more than welcome but what is interesting is that people are still discovering the challenge. It illustrates the importance to linking back to the challenge page frequently.
Of course I am busy organising next years Take it Further challenge in between Christmas preparations. Apart from comments and mail that have come in over night an updated list of the challengers. Later this afternoon I will be updating again so watch that page.
I would like to announce I have my Christmas shopping done but it is not yet wrapped. I am running late this year!
The stitch for week 52 falls on Christmas day. As much as love blogging and my readers I will not be blogging on that day. So I will post that stitch early. I am not sure quite what day as I will make a judgment closer to that time depending on how busy I am but I thought I would give you all a heads up on that. I will also be taking between Christmas and New year off to return on the first day of the new year with the first challenge post.
OK on with this weeks stitch. It’s a stitch that can be used easily in Christmas motifs as it makes berries! Its called Berry stitch which is also known as double lazy daisy stitch or double detached chain stitch and can be worked on any type of fabric. Its an easy stitch ideal when everyone is on a busy time table and has to do lists miles long.
You can work it as an isolated stitch, in patterns or substitute it in places where you might want a fatter detached chain stitch. It can be worked close together in a line, or massed. Since it consists of two detached chain stitches you need to know how to work detached chain. A twisted thread, such as pearl or soft cotton, is ideal as it will help hold the shape.
Start by working a single detached chain stitch
Insert the needle back just above the top of the first chain stitch.
Take the needle through the fabric behind the first chain stitch bringing the point of the needle out a short space below.
With the thread wrapped under the needle point pull the needle through the fabric to make the second chain stitch.
The completed stitch looks like a fat chain stitch.
You can also work this stitch in two steps the first round of chain stitches being in one weight of thread and the second being in a heavier or slightly textured thread. You work the first round of detached chain in one colour and the second detached chain in another.
You can also substitute the first chain with an oyster stitch to produce some really interesting results
Well that’s it for this week as usually swing by and leave a comment and the address of your blog so that people can follow the link and see what you have done and there is a Take a stitch Tuesday flickr group which you can browse. Have fun this week and enjoy your stitching!