TAST Week 16 is Coral stitch. This stitch is an old embroidery stitch but it is a very quick and useful stitch that creates a knotted line. Coral stitch can be used for outlines, as it follows a curve well so experiment a bit with it.
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 check out the Coral stitch tutorial and have fun with it as I am sure you will be able to add this stitch to your repertoire of linear stitches.
I know Wrapped Coral Stitch looks a modest unassuming stitch but trust me it more useful than it first appears.
Wrapped Coral stitch is an interesting variety that is handy to know because it is a quick way to create a bobbly line that follows a curve well. Worked closely enough it can be mistaken for a line of French knots and people will ask how you lined them up so straight! It is a stitch that is great along edges.
As usual, follow the link to the Wrapped Coral Stitch tutorial page and try it out.
Where to share your stitching for TAST Week 16
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 Coral stitch page or the Wrapped Coral Stitch page.
If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.
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