Take a Stitch Tuesday Stitch 79

Whipped Spoke Stitch in contemporary embroidery Stitch 79 in TASTStitch 79 in the Take a Stitch Tuesday ( TAST) is Whipped Spoke Stitch which I have to admit I love. You can work it in lines or circles or as part of a border or simple freeform as I have done in the sample above. As you can see using hand dyed cotton perle #5 thread I combined beads and Whipped Spoke stitch with French knots, Cast on stitch, bullion knots, and whipped wheel stitch. Tutorials to all of these stitches can be found in my Stitch Dictionary.

As Usual you can find a tutorial for stitch 79 – Whipped Spoke stitch in my Stitch Dictionary.

A little TAST News:

Next week I will post a challenge stitch then we will take a 2 week break to allow people to do a little catch up stitching if they need to. The break coincides with Easter so for busy families you can take a rest from the TAST challenge. If you are on track and not need to catch up I will be proposing another sort of stitch related mystery challenge for those who are totally addicted to TAST.
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Join in on the challenge and share what you do with Stitch 79

The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page. If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitches. If you are an experienced embroiderer push these stitches in creative manner and share with beginners 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 Whipped Spoke 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.

Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group and leave your photo there.  For Flickr people the group is Take a Stitch Tuesday. Hashtags are #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. Go for it – share and see what others have done too.

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

As a stitcher who loves crazy quilting and embroidery I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my Stitchers Templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to embroider on 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 
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Free Hand Embroidery Patterns in Old French Design Book

Free pattern sample 1As regular readers know I often highlight free books, patterns and resources that I discover online. On the archive.org site I discovered and French design book  the Directoire designs for textiles which has been digitised by the Internet archive. The Directoire designs for textiles is an out of copyright pattern book that was published in 1793. The patterns are French and the book is catalogued as containing over 100 drawings.

Free pattern sample 2I have a few of the patterns here so you can get a taster of what is on offer in this old French design book. Many are half the pattern so you have to trace them off on tracing paper – flip it and then you have 2 sides of the pattern. They look great for biscorno pin cushion patterns or any project where you want a medallion.   I was very tempted to clean up some of them in Illustrator and present them whole but life got in the way.

You can download the file in a number of formats PDF which is the file format I think most people use, but you can also get a full Test download and formats such as EPUB and Kindle.

Free pattern sample 3If you are new hand to embroidery here is 12 Surface Stitches for Beginners a PDF file I wrote a while back. These surface embroidery stitches can be used with these types of patterns. Also check out the first few weeks on the TAST list of challenge stitches, for links to tutorials to the basic stitches.

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Take a Stitch Tuesday Stitch 78

Up and Down Feathered Buttonhole sample
This week Stitch 78 in the Take a Stitch Tuesday ( TAST) is Feathered Up and down buttonhole which is a stitch I often use for embroidery motifs that involve flower sprays or in a situation where I want an organic feel to the pattern. This stitch looks lovely following gentle curves and produces what I call thorny stems for plant like patterns.

As usual there is a tutorial for Feathered Up and down buttonhole in my Stitch Dictionary. I hope you enjoy Stitch 78

A little TAST News: 

At week 80 (April 11) we will take a 2 week break to allow people to catch their breath and co a little catch up stitching.  The break coincides with Easter so for busy families you can take a rest from the TAST challenge or for the period of those two weeks I will be proposing another sort of challenge for those who are totally addicted to TAST.
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How to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitches. If you are an experienced embroiderer push these stitches in creative manner and share with beginners 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 Feathered 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 and leave your photo there.  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.

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You can have Pintangle delivered to your inbox by using the follow feature in the sidebar. Just enter your email address, and when you get the confirmation email make sure you say yes and you are all set!
If you are on a mobile or tablet you will need to scroll to the bottom to find the follow feature.

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

As a stitcher who loves crazy quilting and embroidery I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my Stitchers Templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to embroider on 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