TAST Highlights

Last week, there were loads of people who really enjoyed exploring magic chain stitch. I enjoyed checking out the samples too! As usual I dithered around trying to decide what the 5 highlighted samples would be and took far too long browsing reading blogs etc.

Needless to say do check out the comments on this weeks TAST stitch as although I featured these there are some great samples to be seen.

Have a look at the lovely Christmas tree decoration over on Pierres, Papiers, Ciseaux.

Laurel’s detail on her Enchanted forrest is a great example

I liked the snail on My Creations

There is a simple but effective sample over on Time use by Bernice

Finally Wrap up Warm by Hopscotch really made me smile.

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

Ok after 2 weeks of rather complex stitches I have decided to introduce a fun light hearted stitch that children love. It is called Checkered or Magic Chain as it changes colour. With the holiday season nearly upon us I can see this as useful on decorations and small gifts too. I discovered it in The Stitches of Creative Embroidery by Jacqueline Enthoven (p 132)

The sample is worked in two threads of perle #5.

Thread your needle with two contrasting colours make sure both are the same length. Start the line as you would ordinary chain stitch but loop only one of the threads under the needle.

tutorial of magic chain or checkered chain stitch step 1

Making sure the tension is the same on both threads pull the thread through.

Make the next chain stitch but use the contrasting thread.

tutorial of magic chain or checkered chain stitch step 2

Continue in this manner alternating the two colours.

tutorial of magic chain or checkered chain stitch step 3

As you can see this is a fun stitch!

Once again the challenge is:

For new hands to learn the stitch

Or

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.

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