TAST Week 17

Bullion knot stitch TAST week 17The stitch for TAST week 17, is Bullion Knot. I know many people feel intimidated by this stitch, but read the tips in my tutorial for Bullion Knot Stitch and hopefully, they will help you. In the tutorial, there are also many illustrations that will help you see where those tips can be used too! They are worth persevering with. The sample above illustrates Bullion knots used as the body of this praying mantis.

Beyond TAST

For people doing the Beyond TAST challenge this week, I would like you to experiment with Buttonhole Picot. In my tutorial, I have two versions. One is made with a Bullion and the second is made with a chain stitch. I always find the second, an easier way to work. I would be interested to hear what others think.

Where to share your stitching for TAST week 17

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 either the Bullion Knot Stitch or the Buttonhole Picot. page. Don’t forget your full web address, including the HTTP part of the web address so that it becomes a live link. It means people can visit your site and see what you have done.

If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.

Close detail of thread twisties

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.

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.

8 Comments

  1. I took a needlework class this past January in needlepoint and the teacher gave us the best advice on billions I have ever heard.
    She uses a milliners needle for all bullion knots. Available in a packet of various sizes on Amazon, they make the knots super easy.
    I hope this helps so done who finds them hard to handle.

    1. Hi Susan thanks for sharing – the reason why I always point people to my tutorial is that the exact same tip is in my tutorial – and an explanation why it works

      sharonb

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