Coral stitch is the challenge for this week. Stitch 43 is an old embroidery stitch that creates a knotted line which can be used for outlines, as it follows a curve well. It is quickly worked and useful for creating twiggy bits in organic and floral patterns.
Thread choice will influence the look of this stitch, as the larger the thread, the more the knots will sit proud against the fabric. I have found a thread such as cotton perle #5 or #8 looks good as the twist of the thread produces a nice knot. Yarns and novelty threads also create an interesting strong line. So have fun with it and experiment, as I am sure you will be able to add this stitch to your repertoire of linear stitches.
Beyond TAST has a new challenge this week!
The last Beyond TAST challenge of the year is to combine 3 or more of the previous challenges in a sample or a project. In other words, the challenge is to apply what you have learnt through the year into something. It can be something for the holiday season or anything.
Just as a reminder of what each of the challenges were, I have listed them below and each is linked to the post where I proposed the challenge, so if you need a refresher, just remember you can follow the link and remind yourself as to what was proposed.
- Beyond TAST 1 was to take Running stitch and explore it many people explored pattern darning.
- Beyond TAST 2 I suggested that people look at isolated stitches or stitches that could be worked in single units.
- Beyond TAST 3 Was to explore Couching techniques that create patterns for surface fills. Since Couching is the basis for laid work it opened up all sorts of opportunity to experiment.
- Beyond TAST 4 everyone was challenged to explore layering their stitches.
- Beyond TAST 5 The challenges as to experiment with Linear stitches.
- Beyond TAST 6 I suggested that people explore the lacing and threading stitches.
- Beyond TAST 7 was to explore stitches that you could build up patterns with and create fills.
- Beyond TAST 8 I suggested people explore woven stitches.
Have fun with it – I am looking forward to seeing what people do!
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 Coral 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 Coral 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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