TAST 2012 is certainly going to be a challenge to remember as every week when I visit all the photos I am constantly amazed at the inventiveness of some people. I know people who write blogs use terms like that but it’s true. I am serious when I say I think this challenge is shaping up to be one to remember.
There is some great eye candy being produced each week. Now time for a round up of the TAST (Take a stitch Tuesday) highlights. So make a cuppa and I will get on with it and share with you some of the samples that caught my eye last week.
Annet over on Fat Quater has written a tutorial on how to work a version of this stitch that combines whipped and woven wheels.
I want to draw attention to Luiz Vaz’s work. This week again Luiz has produced a wonderful piece – but also go and visit his photos as every single piece is an example of using a stitch in an original and inventive manner.
Over on Playful Stitching Lucy experimented with whipped and woven wheelsused to hold a shisha mirror in place
For anyone who is interested in bands of stitches to use a seam embellishments for crazy quilting, this interpretation of the stitch by Debbie of Jerusalem Notes is something to see.
Once again Chris of Elle’s Craft Creations has created another beaded mandala featuring whipped wheels.
Also MariaInez L.ribeiro dos Santos created this wonderful fan.
Hopscotch on stitchin fingers added her wonderfully quirky “strange little things”.
Susan McGowan clowned around.
Faith created a garden of whipped wheels!
There are lots more ideas in the links this week do visit them and if you have time make comments when you visit as people appreciate it. People go to the trouble of putting their stitching online to share let them know you appreciate it.
Other groups and networks
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.
Although I do watch these groups my main focus is here and if you want to contact me do so here as with so much activity I might miss you on the other sites.
All posts relating to TAST are in the Challenges – Take a Stitch Tuesday category
Full Guidelines and links to stitches covered in previous weeks are on the TAST FAQ page
Whipped wheel is also known as whipped spider’s wheel, raised spider’s web wheel, ribbed wheel, back stitched wheel, and back stitched spider’s web. All of these names do little to indicate how much fun this stitch can be. It would be one of my favourite textured stitches. If you look closely at much of my stitching you will find them tucked into all sorts of places.
How to work Whipped Wheel stitch
Whipped wheel creates a ribbed disk that can be worked on an even or uneven number of spokes.
Start with a single fly stitch. Each side of the fly stitch tail add two straight stitches of equal length. You should have a circle which has five ‘spokes’ to form the foundation.
Bring your thread up at the centre of the wheel.
From this point onwards your needle does not go through the fabric so use a blunt tapestry needle to avoid splitting the foundation stitches.
Slide the needle under two threads and pull your thread through.
Move back one stitch and once again slide the needle under two threads.
Pull the thread through and you have whipped the first spoke.
This process is best described as making a spiral of back stitches over the spokes.
Repeat this action, whipping each spoke as you progress around the wheel until the circle is filled.
As I said Whipped wheel is a stitch that is lots of fun and once you have mastered them they are quite quick. You can used them alone as an accent stitch, a point of colour, an interesting texture, or they can be scattered over an area almost like a powdered filling.
Whipped wheel stitch is great in contemporary embroidery. This sample have whipped wheels worked in cotton perle #8 (the blue sttiches) and rayon thread (the bronze gold stitches.
This sample is whipped wheels worked over machine embroidery. The foundation fabric is hand painted felt.
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