TAST Week 5

Week 5 of Take a Stitch Tuesday is to learn and experiment with feather stitch.

Week 5 Feather stitch sample
For those who are new to embroidery, you will find that aspects of the hand movements needed to make this stitch are similar to those learnt in Buttonhole. I hope you can see a method to my madness in introducing these stitches in this way. Each builds a little on the skill you developed while learning the previous stitch. In fact, the first 15-20 weeks of TAST is effectively an embroidery course suitable for beginners.

Beyond TAST Week 5

Feather and Chain stitch- Week 5 The Beyond TAST challenge for week 5 is Feather and Chain stitch. As readers can see, this stitch is a combination of feather stitch and chain stitch. This wonderful hybrid is fun, interesting and easily adaptable for different situations. In other words, Feather and Chain stitch is one of those stitches that you can improvise and riff on, creating variations upon variations.

How to join TAST week 5

The challenge is to learn the stitch and share what you have learnt.

Stitch a sample, photograph it, put it online somewhere. It can be on your blog, or you can share it in the Take a Stitch Tuesday Flickr group, or in the TAST facebook group or wherever you hang out online. Hashtags are #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc.

More information about the challenge is on the TAST FAQ page.

Thread Twisties!

 Experimenting with different threads can be expensive, as you would normally have to buy a whole skein of each type of thread. So I have made up my thread twisties which are a combination of different threads to use in creative hand embroidery. These enable you to try out stitching with something other than stranded cotton. For the price of just a few skeins, you can experiment with a bundle of threads of luscious colours and many different textures. 

Close detail of thread twisties

Each twistie is a thread bundle containing silk, cotton, rayon and wool. Threads range from extra fine (the same thickness as 1 strand of embroidery floss) to chunky couchable textured yarns. All threads have a soft and manageable drape so that twisting them around a needle makes experimental hand embroidery an interesting journey rather than a battle.  Many are hand dyed by me. All are threads I use. You may find a similar thread twist but no two are identical.

These are creative embroiders threads. With them I hope to encourage you to experiment. The last time I did this was about 5 years ago – so take advantage of it as I don’t have a de-stash often.

You will find my thread twisties in the Pintangle shop here.   

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