I love Tuesday mornings as there is always a sense of anticipation wondering how people will react to the stitch of the week. For week 11 the stitch is French Knots. French Knots are lovely on their own, or as little accents in part of a design. In the sample above I have worked french knots in silk ribbon.
Many people have a frustrating time learning this stitch, so visit my tutorial on How to work French Knots, as I have some tips there to help you.
Beyond TAST Week 11
Pistil stitch is a French Knot with a long tail. You guessed it The Beyond TAST challenge stitch for week 11 is Pistil stitch. You can use Pistil stitch for the centre of flowers or arrange it in a circle to make a flower motif. If you experiment with threads you can have fun as the thread thickness will determine the size of the finished stitch and the look of the flower. You can work this stitch using lots of different threads such as cotton perle #8 and #5, fine braids, some knitting yarn and silk ribbon. Experiment and have fun!
As Usual, I have a tutorial for Pistil stitch in my stitch dictionary. I hope you have fun
How to join TAST and where to share your samples for week 11
If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitch and share what you have learnt. If you are an experienced embroiderer, enjoy Beyond TAST and give your work a modern twist and share it online so beginners can see what can be done with a little imagination.
Stitch a sample, photograph it, put in online on your blog, or share it in the Take a Stitch Tuesday Flickr group, or in the TAST facebook group or where ever you hang out online. Hashtags are #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. If you have a blog leave a comment on the French Knots page or the Pistil stitch page
If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.
Next week – a Break week
Just a little housekeeping notice. Next week will be the first in the year of the break/catch up weeks. There will be 4 ‘breaks’ throughout the year. Since week 12 marks 3 months into the year this will be our first catchup week. For those who are up to date with TAST, you can take a little a break. For others who are in catchup mode, this week gives you a little time. No guilt! It is easy to fall a bit behind as we all have busy lives.
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.
These are creative embroiders threads. With them, I hope to encourage you to experiment. 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.
You will find my thread twisties in the Pintangle shop here.