Waving at the start of a new week and of course since it is Monday it is time for a round up of the TAST (Take a stitch Tuesday) highlights.

First of all of course in my “featured” article this week, I want  to say thanks to Annet  as the TAST logo stitched by Annet on Fat Quarter is an example of stem stitch.

Every  week choosing what to feature is hard as the examples are so good. So make a cuppa and I will share with you some of the samples that caught my eye.   Do make sure you visit the comments section on week 15  and take a look at the links people have left because there is a plenty of more good stuff to see. Although I try and keep the featured sites to 5 in total if you visit the sites you will see why I ran over the number, every week!

stem stitch sample

Luiz Vaz who is active on Stitchin fingers but has a new blog Embroiderland worked this sample (It’s worth adding this blog to your RSS feed as Luiz does some great work.)

stem stitch sample Severine Allais stitched an image on a postcard.

stem stitch sample

Raphaela on Textile Explorations worked this lovely composed work that incorporated buttons!

stem stitch sample

Over on Claudias blog you will find another scene worked in stem stitch.

stem stitch sample

Anneliese worked her sample of stem stitch on a piece of hand printed fabric.

stem stitch sample

Jane Lyttle on Stitchin fingers worked this sample on a crazy quilt block and added a bright pink bird!

I hope you enjoyed seeing these few samples dont forget to check out the comments on TAST week 15, follow the links and see what else people have been doing

Take a Stitch Tuesday week 15

stem stitch hand embroidery sample

This week the challenge is stem stitch, and with this week we pass a marker of sorts. From this point on, we are well past the basic stitches and from now on as the year progresses the stitches will become more complex or be less well known. But that is what is coming up, for this week we we look at a well known, and well loved stitch.

stem stitch hand embroidery sample

Stem stitch is used as a linear stitch to outline designs and like its name suggests to work stems in flower sprays. You will find directions on how to do stem stitch in my stitch dictionary 

The sample above I used stem stitch to pick out the design on the lace. I used a metallic thread in very small stitches as the lace is about half an inch wide or one and half centimetres wide.  The thread was sewing machine thread. The edge of the lace was whipped and the central pattern was outlined in stem stitch.

stem stitch and cast on stitch hand embroidery sample

In this sample I used stem stitch to outline the crab.

stem stitch hand embroidery sample

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!

stem stitch hand embroidery sample

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 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.

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.