This week, the Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018 challenge for stitch 45 is Twisted Chain stitch or Rope stitch. These are two very similar stitches. Rope stitch is a twisted chain stitch worked closely together, so I am inclined to group them together. They are also an example of a stitch that can look very different if you play with the spacing. You can also lengthen the ‘arms’ of each stitch to produce an interesting barbed line that can be used in floral sprays.
Stitch 45 is not difficult to work and you will find you move along the line quite quickly. Since the stitch is a member of the chain stitch, it will follow a curve well and is very useful if you want a line that is solid, but not just regular chain stitch. It can add variety and make your work look that little bit different without much extra effort.
The tutorial for Twisted Chain stitch and Rope Stitch not only illustrates how to work this stitch, but also shares a few samples to give you some ideas on how it might be used.
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 are 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 work Twisted Chain stitch or Rope 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 Twisted Chain stitch or Rope stitch page with your full web address. Don’t forget the HTTP bit of the web address so that your address becomes a live link 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.
A little about TAST next year
TAST will run again next year starting on New Years day. and Beyond TAST will be slightly different. Each week apart from announcing the TAST stitch, I will announce a Beyond TAST stitch too. My idea is to feature some of the more interesting stitches that currently languish in the stitch dictionary in the Beyond TAST challenge. So, there will be 2 streams to the challenge. One stream for those who have not done TAST before and second stream for those who have. I have recently updated the TAST FAQ page so if you need morse details check that out.
Since I get complaints from some people who do not like Facebook I have restarted up and will promote the the Take a Stitch Tuesday flickr group as an alternative to the Facebook group or use both groups if you choose!
I am also happy for guilds, and stitching groups to stitch along, incorporate it into their newsletter or what ever! I just ask to link back to Pintangle so people can find the challenge.
Spread the word tell your friends do the social media thing and let others know – it should be loads of fun and I am always interested to see what people do with the challenge. I look forward to it every week.
Have you seen my Stitchers Templates?
As someone who loves crazy quilting and embroidery, I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my templates, you can create hundreds of different patterns to apply to your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.
To see what they look like, find out about the free ebook of patterns that come with them visit the information pages. You can find out more about set 1 on this page . To find out more about set 2 visit this page
Or go directly to the Pintangle shop to purchase them.