TAST week 1 highlights

There has been some fantastic work done this week so much so I have had real trouble keeping this list to a manageable length. The week  went like this. I started out thinking I would feature 5 pieces of work but within days I had 60 bookmarks in my folder. I decided that was way too much so I got mean and whittled it down to 35. Then it grew again to 50 and spent an age trying to whittle it down but there was so much interesting work produced.

I want to say that what I have here is the tip of the iceberg. I know people rave on and say that what people have done is amazing etc and it’s difficult to choose etc  but this is really the case! It took me an age to try and decide and that was more because I was trying to decide, flick back and forth between this and that piece. To be honest in the end I could not decide.

Ok this is double the number I was going to highlight and these are more a selection of submissions that highlight some of the many ways people have experimented with the stitch.

Also by chance we have some very different formats so if you are stuck in a rut on format this might give you some ideas.

Do your self a favour, make a cuppa and sit down and browse the sites in the comments in the TAST week 1 Fly stitch post. It is really worth while and very inspirational. Also when you visit a site leave a comment and let them know. If people have gone to the trouble to share they will enjoy a comment from you.

First up over on Lets Learn Embroidery there is a tutorial on how to work this peacock using fly stitch.

Some very unusual formats are being used for TAST such as over on Temari Addict Australia. Take a look at this stitching on a Temari ball.

Or this beautiful interpretation by La Bastidane used on a doll

Harvest moon is keeping a simple studio journal.

Ellas craft creations combined the stitch with beads to produce a Mandala.

Valerie of Can the Leopard Change her Spots is working in a freeform manner on felt and check out her post to see her studio journal too!

Another freeform approach is from Luiz Vaz on stitchin fingers (I loved the fish!)

I liked the methodical approach of Linda of Stitched Lines.

And in total contrast the freeform approach of Yarn Goddess of Sooner or Later

Finally I liked very much how Veena of Arts Crafts and More, applied this stitch.

I hope you have enjoyed the first highlights feature.  I know I enjoyed collating together the material. In future I will try and keep it limited to around 5, I promise.

Further information on the FAQ page

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

Tomorrow there is a new stitch!

How to work Fly Stitch

Fly stitch sample 9Fly stitch is a simple stitch that can be used for many things. For instance in Fly stitch is used in the sample above. In this piece of contemporary embroidery I worked fly stitch in stranded cotton floss, perle #8 cotton, perle #12 cotton over layers of chiffon and net to produce a watery effect.

Fly stitch sample 2This is a more traditional example of fly stitch. In the foliage of this floral motif fly stitch is stacked to create leaves. You start small and work to a larger fly stitch. In this sample I used a dark green wool, 1 strands of light green cotton floss and a green metallic machine embroidery thread. I threaded a needle with all three threads and proceeded to work fly stitches close together in leaf like shapes.

Fly stitch sample 4Here fly stitch is used to represent the leaves of a rose bud. I worked the fly stitch in cotton perle #5  and the bud itself which is is made up of 2 bullion knots is worked in a hand dyed silk that is about the same thickness as cotton perle #8.

Fly stitch sample 5On this sample  I have used the same technique to secure a strip of lace on a crazy quilt project. This time however the bullion buds are worked in wool and the fly stitch is cotton perle #5.

Fly stitch sample Not only can you use it in foliage and floral motifs you can repeat the stitch to create geometric patterns. This is fly stitch worked using wool overlapping herringbone also worked in a wool thread.

Fly stitch sample6

This is a very versatile stitch. In this case the ties of the fly stitch are not straight stitches but detached chain stitches. Of course this means it is no longer fly stitch but a variation but it is an attractive adaption to explore and play with. This sample secures a braid to a piece os crazy quilting and  is worked in hand dyed rayon thread.

How to work Fly Stitch

Fly stitch step by step 1Bring the thread up through the fabric at the top left of where you want to create the stitch. Hold the thread down with the left thumb and insert the needle to the right and level of where the thread emerged. Make a stitch on a downward angle so that the needle emerges between the two points as illustrated.

Fly stitch step by step 2With the thread wrapped under the needle, pull it through the fabric. Secure the ‘V’ in position with a small vertical straight stitch.

Fly stitch sample 8This is is another contemporary interpretation of the stitch. On this sample I used knitting yarn, novelty yarn (thats the hairy stuff), stranded cotton floss, perle #5 cotton, and wool.

Fly stitch sample 7In this sample I used fly stitch for the stems to little floral elements in this floral motif used on a patch in a crazy quilted block.

Fly stitch is also know as ‘Y’ stitch, and open loop stitch.

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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