Stitch 3 Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018

Stitch 3 for Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018 is Fly Stitch. As I said last week, the hand movements for buttonhole and  fly stitch are similar in the sense that the thread is looped under the needle. If you are new to embroidery, then thinking about what hand movement you need to make it helps you to learn. Grouping hand embroidery stitches in families – based on the type of hand movement you need to make –can be a very helpful way to think about them. Not necessary, but helpful.
Fly stitch sample 9
I hope you find the sample interesting and be tempted to experiment a bit. How did I do it? There are about 5 layers of chiffon and netting that I stitched over, mainly using Fly Stitch. Much of the grass/reeds areas are also fly stitch. I mixed the thickness and type of threads to give variety and interest.

Beyond TAST

For those who have done TAST before, or if you already know the basic embroidery stitches, why not join in on the Beyond TAST challenge. Beyond TAST is a season of 4-6 weeks that allows time to explore an aspect of a design, technique, style, or family of stitches. See the TAST FAQ for more details. I announced the current Beyond TAST challenge in Week 1 which will last for a month – which means this is week 3 of the “season”. See Week 1 for more details.

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How to take part in the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn Fly Stitch. So learn the stitch and share what you have learnt. If you are an experienced embroiderer, enjoy Beyond TAST or try Fly Stitch and give your work a modern twist and share it online so beginners can see what can be done with a little imagination.

Where to share

Stitch a sample of stitch 3, photograph it, put in online on your blog, flickr site, share it in the  TAST facebook group or where ever you hang out online. If you have a blog leave a comment of the Fly Stitch  page with your full web address. Don’t forget the http bit of the web address so that your address becomes a live link so that people can visit your site and see what you have done.  For Flickr people the group is Take a Stitch Tuesday. Hashtags are #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc.

If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.

Crazy quilt template set 2 Have you seen my Stitchers Templates?

As someone who loves crazy quilting and embroidery I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to apply to your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.

Templates set 1 you will find here 
Templates set 2 you will find here 

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Stitch 2 Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018

buttonhole stitch sample 9Stitch 2 for the TAST of the challenge is Buttonhole stitch – or blanket stitch, as many people call it. This stitch is actually the foundation for a whole family of stitches. I don’t want to argue over how hand embroidery stitches are classified, as that can be a bit boring, but some people classify stitches according to the hand movement you need to make in order to create the stitch. So, since a fly stitch, for instance, has the same hand movement as buttonhole in the sense that the thread is passed under the needle, some people classify them as being in the same family. I have found that if people think in terms of what hand action they are using, they can make sense of it and it helps build skills. If you group together stitches in families, it helps as you have a rough idea of the sort of movement your hand needs to make.

Grouping hand embroidery stitches in families can be a very helpful way to think about them.  Some people try and memorise the various names and put them into families, rather than thinking about the hand action – so they can get in a muddle about it. To be honest,  if the idea of families of stitches just confuses you, don’t worry about it as it is meant to be an aid – a way of thinking about a stitch – not another point about embroidery to remember or be confused about. I would love to know what readers think and whether you group stitches in your mind so, for instance, you think in terms of crossed stitches, knotted stitches, etc. Leave a comment as I really would love to know.

Also, just try out Buttonhole stitch don’t get yourself tangled in testing a whole family of stitches just because I mentioned it!

Beyond TAST

For those who have done TAST before or if you already know the basic embroidery stitches, join in on the Beyond TAST challenge. Beyond TAST is a season of 4-6 weeks that allows time to explore an aspect of a design, technique, style, or family of stitches. See the TAST FAQ for more details. I announced the current Beyond TAST challenge in Week 1 which will last for a month which means this is week 2 of the “season” See Week 1 for more details
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How to take part in the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn Buttonhole stitch. So Learn stitch 2 and share what you have learnt. If you are an experienced embroiderer try and give your work a modern twist and share it online so beginners can see what can be done with a little imagination.

Where to share

Stitch a sample of stitch 2, photograph it, put in online on your blog, flickr site, share it in the  TAST facebook group or where ever you hang out online. If you have a blog leave a comment on the Buttonhole stitch page with your full web address. Don’t forget the http bit of the web address so that your address becomes a live link so that people can visit your site and see what you have done.  For Flickr people the group is Take a Stitch Tuesday. Hashtags are #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc.

If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.

Crazy quilt template set 2 Have you seen my Stitchers Templates?

As someone who loves crazy quilting and embroidery I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to apply to your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.

Templates set 1 you will find here 
Templates set 2 you will find here 

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Stitch 1 Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018

It is time to announce the first stitch in TAST 2018. But first, let me welcome you all to Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018!  TAST is always interesting, but particularly the early part of the challenge – as the first 20 or so stitches are the foundation stitches of hand embroidery.

To be honest, if you are totally new to embroidery, then a good place to start is to learn these first 20 or so stitches and master the hand movements associated with them. This will give you the skill to pick up most other stitches. In other words, it will give you the basics, or foundation for many other stitches. Sometimes, you will combine two or more foundation stitches to form another stitch.  Or you will add one or two little extra movements to form a new stitch. So if you want to learn the basics, I recommend that you take up the challenge for at least the first 20 weeks. I reckon that by the end of 20 weeks, you will be so addicted that not completing the rest of the stitches in TAST would feel like a huge lost opportunity in your life!

running stitch sample
Stitch 1 for Take-a-Stitch-Tuesday 2018 is running stitch. And just bear with me for a moment, because at first glance, it looks too simple for words. To be honest, it is an easy stitch – but it is also tremendously versatile. On the instruction page for running stitch, I highlight some of its many uses and list some of the main the techniques that use running stitch, alongside the instructions on how to work it.

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Beyond TAST

For those who have done TAST before or if you already know the basic embroidery stitches, then I suggest you join in on the Beyond TAST challenge. Beyond TAST runs concurrently with TAST see the TAST FAQ for more details. No need to sign up just join in.  The main point with Beyond TAST is to take a block of time – a month – to explore in depth a family of stitches or stitching styles, or an aspect of design. You can work a small project or simply explore the stitch for the next month.

Running stitch is the basis of Pattern darning which creates very attractive designs by changing the length of the stitches and the spacing between them. This technique is also used in Kogin work from Japan. For the first season in Beyond TAST, I encourage people to explore what is possible with this simple stitch. The idea is to discover for yourself what is possible with this stitch but also share your discoveries with others in the TAST group so that beginners can see how even the most basic of stitches can be used creatively in a contemporary setting.

As a tip for inspiration, if you Google Pattern Darning or Kogin embroidery you will discover lots of information online, resources and Pinterest boards on the topic.

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How to take part in the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

If you are new to hand embroidery your challenge is to learn the stitches. So Learn stitch 1 and share what you have learnt. If you are an experienced embroiderer enjoy Beyond TAST and explore this stitch for a month. Try and give your work a modern twist and share it online so beginners can see what can be done with a little imagination.

Where to share

Stitch a sample of stitch 1, photograph it, put in online on your blog or Flickr site, and share it in the  TAST facebook group or where ever you hang out online. If you have a blog leave a comment on the running stitch page with your full web address. Don’t forget the ‘HTTP’ bit of the web address so that your address becomes a live link. That way, people can just click to visit your site and see what you have done.  For Flickr people, the group is Take a Stitch Tuesday. Hashtags are #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc.

If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.

Crazy quilt template set 2 Have you seen my Stitchers’ Templates?

As someone who loves crazy quilting and embroidery, I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my templates, you can create hundreds of different patterns to apply to your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them accurately and they are compact enough to slip neatly into your sewing box.

Templates set 1 you will find here 
Templates set 2 you will find here 
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