Stitch 20 in the TAST 2018 challenge is an interesting variety of chain stitch that can be used whenever you want a really strong line. It is called Whipped Chain stitch I have a tutorial that covers two varieties of Whipped Chain but I like the second variety the best. It is just fun!
It is time for another challenge for people who are doing Beyond TAST. This challenge is for readers who have done TAST before or for people who already know the basic embroidery stitches. The next beyond TAST challenge is to explore linear stitches. There are the obvious ones such Back Stitch, Stem Stitch, chain stitch but have a look at the less obvious ones too such as Whipped Chain stitch, Whipped Double Chain Stitch, Linked Chain Stitch, Cable Chain Stitch, Threaded Cable Chain, Twisted Chain Stitch or Rope stitch, Portuguese Stem Stitch or tricky stitches such as Braid Stitch.
The list is longer, of course, because there are numerous stitches that can be used to outline stitches. Don’t forget stitches that are raised, too, because they are linear, meaning they act as lines. Also, some stitches such as Cretan Stitch, and Herringbone stitch can be worked so they create lines that go fat and thin. So the idea is to explore linear stitches find some that can make thick lines, thin lines, changing lines and have fun.
How to take part in the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge
If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn how to do the stitch and share what you have learnt. If you are an experienced embroiderer enjoy the Beyond TAST challenge instead. Try and give your work a modern twist and share it online so beginners can see what can be done with a little imagination.
Where to share
Stitch a sample, photograph it, put in online on your blog, Flickr site, share it in the TAST facebook group or where ever you hang out online. If you have a blog leave a comment on the Whipped Chain Stitch page with your full web address so that people can visit your site and see what you have done. For Flickr people the group is Take a Stitch Tuesday. Hashtags are #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc.
If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.
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