TAST 2010 Week 1 Diamond Stitch

I feel I am about to start an awfully big adventure. Probably because this is the second time I have run a weekly challenge I know what I have ahead. It is a reasonable amount of work but so worth it.

TAST stands for Take a Stitch Tuesday. Each week on Tuesday I publish a stitch and suggest people experiment with it, push it a little and see what possibilities the stitch holds.

Without and more fuss I will introduce the stitch and give you instructions on how to work it. The first stitch to explore in TAST 2 is Diamond stitch

I discovered this stitch in Marion Nichlos Encyclopedia of Embroidery Stitches Including Crewel.

I can see how it can be applied to a crazy quilt seam as it is can be described as being ideal for borders.

As a stitch it is versatile enough to produce some interesting effects.

Even though it is is normally worked between to parallel rows it can be stacked or worked free form.

How to work Diamond stitch.

Bring the needle to the front of the fabric and make a straight stitch across the row.

Make a small stitch by bringing the needle up through the fabric on the line as illustrated.

Slide the needle under the straight stitch.

Wrap the thread over the needle and then under the needle.

Pull the thread through to the right and tighten until snug. 

Slide the needle under the straight stitch.

Wrap the thread over the needle and then under the needle.

Pull the thread through to the left and tighten until snug.

Take the needle to the back of the fabric near the knot.

Bring the needle out under the knot and a little down the row.

Slide the needle under the last bar of the stitch.

Wrap the thread over the needle and then under the needle.

Pull the thread through, tighten until a knot sits in the centre of the bar. Don’t pull too tight just make the knot snug.

Take needle to the back of the fabric

Bring needle out under the knot and a little down the row

Slide the needle under the last stitch and wrap the thread over the needle and then under the needle.

Pull the thread through to the right and tighten until snug.

Slide the needle under the last stitch and wrap the thread over the needle and then under the needle.

Pull the thread through to the left and tighten until snug.

Continue this way down the row.

What to do now:

Take Diamond stitch and work an example or two. Photograph it, and put it on your flickr site or write about it on your blog (don’t forget to link back to here)

Come here to this post and leave a comment to tell everyone where you have your photograph and don’t forget to leave your blog address. (If you are new to blogs you can click on the title it will take you to this post on an individual page if you bookmark it you can find it again)

Visit a few sites of people who have already left a comment. See what they have done. I am sure everyone will enjoy  following the links left in the comments. If you have time let other people know that you have seen their work

A note about the challenge 

Some people say they feel intimidated. This is a personal challenge not a competition. With no prizes, no judges and flexible guidelines feel free to try something new. The idea is explore stitches and develop a skill. Each person is on a path of their own, at different skill levels, and approaching what they want from a stitch differently. So share but don’t compare.

The idea behind this challenge is to share your discoveries. To share people need to link to each other. On a purely practical level it means that readers can explore the TAST like stitchers by moving from blog to blog. Remember how you found people with similar interests by following links? If you don’t link then your readers will not discover the community in the same way you did.

When you blog pictures or whenever you write about this challenge please link back here. It means that readers can find out more about the challenge.

If you see something on someone’s blog and it provoked an idea that led you to try something different, please link to them. Apart from being good blog etiquette it is giving credit where it is due.

Enjoy – the challenge is on!

Further information

If you need further information on the challenge a list of stitches covered so far or directions on how to participate please visit the TAST FAQ page.

You can read back through TAST articles by browsing Challenges –  Take a Stitch Tuesday category

Other groups and networks

You can also share your explorations with other members on the social network site of your choice. There is a Facebook TAST 2012 page,   stitchin fingers group and the flickr TAST site. All these sub groups are set up at request of members.


Take a Stitch Tuesday Week 28

After last weeks challenge of bullion knots I thought I had better take pity on those that have been battling with them and have this weeks Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge stitch something easy! This week the challenge is sheaf stitch.

It is very attractive arranged in patterns and you can be creative with the ties. Dare I say you can tie this stitch with bullions. Don’t start throwing things at me it not nice but you can. You can also tie it with beads which is something you might like to try.

It is an easy and quick stitch to work and very effective particularly when you play with it a little and vary the length or number of the bars.

I don’t have this stitch in my stitch dictionary so here are the directions.

Directions on how to do Sheaf stitch

Bring the needle out at the top of where you want your stitch to be and make a vertical straight stitch. This stitch will be the middle stitch in the sheaf

Point you needle to the right bringing the needle out to the right. Pull your thread through.

Take the needle to the to the top insert the needle and make a vertical straight stitch. This stitch will be the right hand side stitch in the sheaf

Point you needle to the left bringing the needle out to the left. Pull your thread through.

Make the final vertical straight stitch. This stitch will be the left stitch in the sheaf

Point you needle to the left center of the middle straight stitch. Pull your thread through.

Thread your needle under the left straight stitch and pull the needle through.

Thread your needle under the right straight stitch and insert the needle from where the thread emerges in the middle and pull the needle through.

Pull the needle snug to make a small cross bar.

Further information

If you need further information on the challenge a list of stitches covered so far or directions on how to participate please visit the TAST FAQ page.

You can read back through TAST articles by browsing Challenges –  Take a Stitch Tuesday category

Other groups and networks

You can also share your explorations with other members on the social network site of your choice. There is a Facebook TAST 2012 page,   stitchin fingers group and the flickr TAST site. All these sub groups are set up at request of members.