Some busy hands will be pleased to know that this stitch is the last for this year. In a couple of days I am going to take a break over the holiday season but more of that then. I will be back with TAST next year but there will be a few changes. A few weeks ago I canvased for opinions and I expanded my ideas here I have changed the TAST FAQ and briefly the changes are
- Next year I will still be posting a stitch a week numbered by the stitch not the week.
- There will be more breaks through the year
- How people define the challenge is up to them.
- Featured work will include any TAST stitch not just the stitch proposed that week. This will no longer be weekly piece but an irregular but longer feature.
- There will be the introduction of the TAST Design Challenge as of January 2013. This will be proposed every 4-6 weeks.
- No need to sign up just join in
This week I have a variety of chain stitch called Knotted Cable chain. Hopefully people will be familiar with both cable chain and twisted chain as both have been stitches proposed earlier this year in the TAST challenge.
Knotted Cable chain is used as a linear stitch on both plain and even-weave fabrics. The texture of the knot between chain stitches creates an interesting textured line. As with basic chain stitch this version follows curves well and can even be worked solidly as a filling stitch.
How to work Knotted Cable Chain
Slip the needle under the top thread above the twist.
Do not pick up any fabric when you do this. Pull the needle through the loop until the loop lies flat but not tight.
Take the needle through the fabric bringing the point of the needle out a short space along the line to be stitched. With the thread wrapped under the needle point pull the needle through the fabric.
Pull the thread through the fabric and you have created your first knotted cable chain stitch.
Once again the challenge is:
For new hands to learn the stitch
If you are an experienced stitcher take the stitch and push it a little further in a creative manner or combine this stitch with one of the stitches already covered in TAST 2012. If you have worked a sample in a previous challenge feel free to post a link in comments as it will inspire people but if you have time do try another sample and do something different and new!
How to join in
Stitch a sample, take a photograph of it, put in online in your blog, flickr site or on stitchin fingers page, swing by here and leave a comment with your full web address so people can visit and see your sample.
Any special rules?
There are no rules but I do have a request, please link back here.
Interesting work will be featured
Each week I will link to interesting samples that participants have stitched order to draw attention to how the stitch is used.
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