Take a Stitch Tuesday Break Challenge

This is the first week of a 2 week break to Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST) This allows people to catch up with their stitching. If you do not need to catch up I have a challenge for you!

In the next 2 weeks your challenge, is to use any 3 TAST stitches in a small project. Use the stitches you choose creatively and share them. These stitches can be used in any project. The stitches chosen can be basic stitches or fancy stitches, they just need to be on the current TAST list. ( If you need the list of TAST stitches you will find them here)

You have two weeks to work this project so dont choose a project that is bigger than Ben Hur. I suggest that you keep the size of the project modest unless you are already working on something that fits the criteria.

For a bit of inspiration I thought I would share a project I did a while back.   You do not need to make something in my heavily encrusted style or a project as large as this or make something as time consuming but you do have 2 weeks.
cover of hand embroidered file coverI thought people would like to see a detail of the hand embroidery and beads. Here you can see I have used Buttonhole wheels, Bullion Knots, Whipped Wheels, French Knots, Cast on stitch, and Buttonhole Wheel Cups. I used a mix of threads most of which are cotton perle #5 and #8. The beads were all chosen for a natural finish to echo the natural design. The beads are made of wood and shell and are unpolished. If you want more see this series of articles to read about how designed and stitched this project.

 

detail of cover of hand embroidered file cover
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Join in on the challenge and share what you do

The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.

Photograph what you do, put it online on your blog, flickr site, share it on Facebook or where ever you hang out online, and leave a comment on this page with your full web address 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 
Templates set 2 you will find here 




Slipped Cable Chain Stitch Tutorial

Slipped Cable Chain sample Slipped Cable chain stitch can be used as decorative linear stitch on both plain and even-weave fabrics. Based on cable chain stitch, it follows a curve well and you can add beads to this stitch easily. Cable chain is the foundation of  this stitch so if you need a refresher on how to work cable chain you will find it here. A foundation row of cable chain is worked with a return row of stitches slipped under the link which means it looks a bit like wheatear stitch but if you look carefully at wheatear you will see that a chain stitch is slipped under 2 stitches in a V like formation whereas with slipped cable chain the V is created after the chain stitch is made.

How to hand embroider Slipped Cable Chain stitch

Slipped Cable Chain step 1Work a row of cable chain stitch. At the end of the row at the last link take the needle to back of the fabric and bring the thread out to the side of the line on a diagonal, as illustrated.

Slipped Cable Chain step 2Slide the needle under the bar of the bottom link. As you do this take care not pick up any of the fabric.

Slipped Cable Chain step 3To complete the V, insert the needle, back into the fabric on the right hand side of the foundation row of cable chain as illustrated. Take the needle diagonally across the back of the fabric, and bring it out on further up on the left side as illustrated.

Slipped Cable Chain step 4Repeat these steps along the line working a row from the bottom up. You can just do one line of slipped stitches or choose to do two.

Slipped Cable Chain step 5 This is a very quick and versatile stitch, which is interesting on its own but also is interesting when more slip stitches are added. Secondary slipped stitches can be added in the same thread or in a different colour or a thread of a different thickness. For a different effect you can use ribbon and fine cord for this stitch.

Slipped Cable Chain sample 2In the sample  at the top of the article a finer thread was used to create another row of slip stitches. You can vary the length, direction and number of the slipped stitches to create loads interesting patterns.

Slipped Cable Chain sample 3It is also a relatively quick stitch to work. When Slipped Cable Chain is worked on a curve it creates a very organic look to the stitch. It can also look good with a bead stitched to the middle of each chain or add beads on the end of the spikes.

It is a versatile fun stitch to have in your in repertoire of stitches.
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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 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.

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



Take a Stitch Tuesday Stitch 80

Stitch 80 in the Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST) is Double whipped Chain stitch which ia great linear stitch. It produces a solid decorative line which since it is based on chain stitch will follow a curve well. Double Whipped Chain Stitch is great for outlining patterns and worth adding to anyones repertoire of stitches. It is a handy stitch to use on the edge of items too as it will wear well.

As Usual you can find a tutorial for stitch Double Whipped Chain Stitch in my Stitch Dictionary.

A little TAST News:

Next week will be the first of a 2 week break to allow people to do a little catch up stitching if they need to.  If you are on track, totally addicted to TAST and do not need to catch up I will be proposing another sort of stitch related mystery challenge so stay tuned as they say.
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Join in on the challenge and share what you do with Stitch ……

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 it online on your blog, flickr site, share it on Facebook or where ever you hang out online, and leave a comment on the Double Whipped Chain 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.

Don’ want to miss out ? Follow Pintangle and have it delivered to your inbox

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 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 
Templates set 2 you will find here