Take a Stitch Tuesday 91, 92, 93, Straight, Crossed and Plaited Feather stitch

I am very busy with getting out orders for my CQ template stencils and next week is likely to be worse as if people want to gift a set for Christmas they need to order by the first week in December to allow time for postage from Australia. I am busy packaging and getting out orders now and I assume it will be the same if not more so next week.

I decided to post three related stitches this week so that if I need to be packing parcels to get orders out I can do so without feeling I am neglecting my faithful TAST readers.

These two varieties have a foundation of Straight sided feather stitch. So this is the first stitch in the tutorial. They are also related to Turkman stitch which covered a few week ago in TAST. As you can see the differences in these stitches is either the angle you hold the needle at and/or spacing. They are all very similar and worth grouping together.

I am sure crazy quilters will enjoy these varieties of feather stitch as they can be further decorated with stitches and beads. They also look really very effect if you work them one a ribbon or if you use contrasting threads.

Both of my samples are worked in cotton perle #5

How to work straight sided feather stitch (TAST stitch 91)

Straight sided feather stitch is worked between two imaginary parallel lines. Like regular feather stitch stitch is worked swinging back and forth, from side to side.

Straight Sided Feather stitch 1Bring the needle out at the top of the line and reinsert it a little to the right but on the same level. Make a small stitch downward, so that the needle point appears on the right hand side of the line.
Straight Sided Feather stitch 2Keeping the thread under the needle point, pull the thread through the fabric to make the first stitch.
In line with the base of the V you have just made, insert the needle on the left side of the line,  and make a small vertical stitch downward positioning the needle so that the point reappears on the left line.
?Straight Sided Feather stitch 3
Pull the thread through the fabric to make the stitch. Work these movements alternatively down the line to complete the first row of straight sided feather stitch.

Straight Sided Feather stitch 4How to work Crossed Feather stitch (TAST stitch 92)
To work crossed feather stitch you offset by one stitch a second row of straight sided feather stitch. I have worked the second row in a different coloured thread so readers can see how it works.
Crossed Feather Stitch 1
Bring your thread out on the top left side of the line, as illustrated.
Take the needle upward to make a vertical back stitch. Bring the tip out at the point where your thread emerged, as illustrated.
Crossed Feather Stitch 2Pull the thread through the fabric to make the stitch. This stitch is here so that you can  start the row neatly.
In line with the base of the V, insert the needle on the right side and make a small vertical stitch with the needle point emerging from the fabric on the right side as illustrated.
Crossed Feather Stitch 3
Pull the thread through the fabric to make the stitch.
Crossed Feather Stitch 4Move to the left side and repeat these movements alternatively down the line.

Crossed Feather Stitch 5
How to work Plaited feather stitch (TAST stitch 93)
Plaited feather is very similar to Crossed feather stitch except on every second stitch you thread your yarn under the cross bar of the first row of stitches.I have worked the second row in a different coloured thread so readers can see how it works.

Start Plaited feather stitch by working a line of straight sided feather stitch and start the second row with a vertical straight stitch as illustrated in above.
Plaited Feather Stitch 1
Next, insert the needle on the right side of line, in line with the base of the V  and make a small vertical stitch in a downward motion so that the needle point emerges as illustrated.
?Plaited Feather Stitch 2
Pull the thread through the fabric to make the stitch. Before you move to the left see of the line, thread your needle under the cross bar as illustrated.
Pull the thread through.
Plaited Feather Stitch 3
Move to the left side and make another straight sided feather stitch.  Repeat these movements alternatively down the line weaving the thread under the cross bar every second stitch.

Both these stitches are simple but versatile and can be very effective if you experiment with different yarns.
Plaited Feather Stitch 4

How to join in

Stitch a sample of this stitch or ANY of the stitches listed on the TAST FAQ page.

Once you have worked a sample,  photograph it and put it online at your blog, flickr etc then swing back to the Last TAST post (you will find it under the category each week)   and leave a comment.

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TAST Week 19 Highlights

sample of hand embroidered half chevron stitchOnce again it’s time for the weekly TAST round up, so make a cuppa, and let me share with you some of the samples that caught my eye.

Many people really enjoyed working and experimenting with half chevron. There were lots of humorous interpretations.  Every  week choosing what to feature is hard as the examples are so good. I aim for 5 featured pieces but every Monday I become for some reason numerically challenged!

Dont let these few samples lead you to think that these are the only worthwhile samples to be seen. Follow some of the links in the comments, of week 19 and I promise you there is more eye candy to be seen.

First up I loved this diving tower from Caro Rose Creations  (bit worried about what the the top guy is thinking of doing)

sample of hand embroidered half chevron stitch

I really liked Juliet’s Balcony worked by MariaInez L.Ribeiro dos Santos.

sample of hand embroidered half chevron stitch

Miriam over on Borduurblog had a crocodile invasion.

sample of hand embroidered half chevron stitch

Brigitte Otto on Stitchin Fingers worked this lovely design using half chevron on the border.

sample of hand embroidered half chevron stitch

Chris over on Ella’s Craft Creations worked a lovely mandala so visit to see the rest of it.

sample of hand embroidered half chevron stitch

Debbie of Jerusalem Notes worked single units in a pattern.

sample of hand embroidered half chevron stitch

Anna Kousi on stitchin fingers also used single unit to great effect

sample of hand embroidered half chevron stitch

This sun disk also made me smile Isabelle of Pierres Papiers Ciseaux

Further information about the TAST challenge

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

Take a Stitch Tuesday week 19

half chevron stitch sample

This weeks stitch is a variety of chevron stitch that I think people will enjoy. It is called half chevron and there are directions on how to stitch it in my stitch dictionary. You can  work this stitch back to back pointing either up or down

half chevron stitch sampleTake some time to experiment as you can do simply oodles with this stitch particularly if you like stacking row upon row to create patterns. Beads can be added, ribbons or thread can be laced through the stitch and you are really only limited by your imagination.

half chevron stitch sampleYou can stack this stitch row upon row

These are single half chevron stitches that have been turned on their side. Once again it is easy to add beads to this formation or use it for couching. You can also work a line like this on a curve.

half chevron stitch sample

Another way is to work this stitch in a square which is effective as a little motif that can be repeated to build up patterns.

half chevron stitch sample

Another option is to swing either side of the line, individual half chevron stitches back to back to form patterns. The stitch can be worked on a gentle curve and when you swing them from side to side even more interesting things happen.

How to join in

It is not complicated. All you need to do is stitch a sample,  take a photograph of it, put in online in your blog, flickr site or on Stitchin Fingers page, swing by here again and leave a comment with your full web address so people can visit and see your sample. Where is here? At the bottom of this article under the tags is a link that says ‘book mark permalink’.

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 feature samples that participants have stitched order to draw attention to creative and interesting work. This means some work will be re-published. I will credit and link to the owners website but I assume that when you leave your link here, I have your permission to feature your work. If you do not want your work to be featured please say in the comment, you leave and I wont include it in the feature.

Further information about the challenge

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 TAST 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.

ENJOY this weeks stitch!!!


TAST Week 18 Highlights

crossed buttonhole stitch sample Lots of people had not encountered crossed buttonhole stitch before and it appears they enjoyed working and experimenting with it.

Once again make a cuppa of your favourite beverage and take some time out of a busy day. For a few moments let me share some highlights from the challenge this week.

I found these feathers worked by Shirley on Stitches and Life to be a very creative interpretation of the stitch.

crossed buttonhole stitch sample

Masha Ashenka created a very interesting sample and incorporated a button

crossed buttonhole stitch sample

Anna Kousi shared her fish worked in crossed buttonhole, on stitchin fingers. Follow the link to see a larger version

crossed buttonhole stitch sample

Claudia of fabric fusion worked her samples in the round

I think Luiz Vaz has set himself the challenge of being featured every week! This Mexican Wave made me smile. I look forward to his highly creative interpretations every week. (Do pop over and read his explanation about this piece)

crossed buttonhole stitch sample

Over on Jizee6687 there is a very interesting sampler worked by Chitra. Do visit as there are close ups of each band and some varieties are very interesting.I particularly liked the feathered version.

Once again don’t let these few samples lead you to think that these are the only worthwhile samples to be seen. Follow some of the links in the comments, of week 18 and I promise you there is more eye candy, interesting ideas and applications of the stitch. There is always something fresh to learn and see with this challenge.

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