Stitch 39 in the Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018 challenge is Oyster Stitch which looks difficult at first glance, but once you understand the mechanics of this stitch, it is quick and easy to work, producing a nice textured chain stitch that can be used in many situations where you would use chain stitch, but want a more interesting textured line. It will follow a curve well which is great as many textured stitches do not.
You can also use Oyster stitch in single units and apply it where you might use detached chain stitch. This means you can use it in daisy-like formations in floral sprays. As usual, check out the tutorial on Oyster stitch and gather together some ideas and then try it out. I think you will find it is an interesting member of the chain stitch family and lots of fun – enjoy it
Beyond TAST is for those readers who have done TAST before or for people who already know the basic embroidery stitches. Details about the current Beyond TAST challenge is here
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 Oyster 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. If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.
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 Oyster 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.
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