TAST Stitch 56

TAST Stitch 56 is Lock stitch which on its own can be a bit pedestrian (some of my readers might want to make me take back my words on that one …)  but double lock makes a very nice border or seam for crazy quilting.
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If you bead Lock stitch it really comes alive! Infact I think beaded it is a wonderful stitch. Anyway that is the challenge this week here is the tutorial for Lock stitch and Double Lock stitch and here is the Tutorial for Beaded lock stitch

Beaded Lock stitch step sample

TAST2012logoHow to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitch. If you are an experienced embroiderer push these stitches in creative manner and share with beginners so they can see what can be done with a little imagination.

Where to share

Stitch a sample, photograph it, put in online on your blog, flickr site, share it on facebook or where ever you hang out online, and leave a comment on the Lock 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. Please spread the word about Take a Stitch Tuesday on your social networks.

Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group.  If you are a hashtag type person use the hashtag #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page. All stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome

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Free Primitive Floral Hand Embroidery Pattern

Free hand embroidery pattern from Pintangle.comToday I would like to share a design in the style of a Primitive floral hand embroidery pattern

To work this design I would choose a thread with a firm twist such as cotton perle #8 or #5.

This design could be worked using surface embroidery stitches using back stitch,  chain stitch, whipped chain stitch or  stem stitch. The leaves could be filled with a stitch such as Cretan Stitch. Or you could work leaves and flowers in Satin stitch or Outlined satin stitch.

For the centre of the flowers, on the right project  I would be tempted to use buttons if I could find the right colours and size. How ever you adapt the pattern I hope you enjoy stitching it. Follow the links to tutorials if you need information on how to work these stitches.

This type of simple pattern is often used on items such as bags, totes, cushions, book covers or tea towels however I  am not sure people embroider tea towels these days but it is a suggestion. As I designed it I thought this pattern could be used for a  small padded bag used to protect a tablet or ipad. It could be a good gift idea as the holiday season is just around the corner.

Click on the image to see a larger version which you can right click and save to your desktop for use.

If you need to know how I would transfer this pattern to fabric, I have a tutorial on how to transfer embroidery designs to fabric.

This pattern is for non commercial use.

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TAST Stitch 55

TAST Stitch 55 is an interesting version of buttonhole called Up and down buttonhole. This version of buttonhole creates a line of paired buttonhole stitches that are tied at the base. It creates a different look to regular buttonhole and you can use this stitch in many places you would normally use buttonhole. Using up and Down buttonhole stitch in place of regular buttonhole creates a different look to your work and adds a touch of individuality rather than being predicatble. Apart from tha tit is fun!

TAST2012logoHow to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitch. If you are an experienced embroiderer push these stitches in creative manner and share with beginners so they can see what can be done with a little imagination.

Where to share

Stitch a sample, photograph it, put it on your blog, flickr site, share it on facebook or where ever you hang out online, and leave a comment on the Up and down buttonhole 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.

Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group.  If you are a hashtag type person use the hashtag #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page. All stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome

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