TAST Week 19

The stitch for TAST Week 19 is Oyster Stitch which looks difficult at first glance, but once you understand the mechanics of this stitch, it is quick and easy to work, producing a nice textured chain stitch that can be used in many situations where you would use chain stitch, but want a more interesting textured line. It will follow a curve well which is great as many textured stitches do not.

TAST Week 19 oyster stitch sample

You can also use Oyster stitch in single units and apply it where you might use detached chain stitch. This means you can use it in daisy-like formations in floral sprays. As usual, check out the tutorial on Oyster stitch and gather together some ideas and then try it out. I think you will find it is an interesting member of the chain stitch family and lots of fun  – enjoy it!

Beyond TAST Week 19

Beaded Oyster stitch 83
I thought I should be kind to the Beyond TAST folks as the last couple of weeks I have challenged you. This week I suggest the Beaded version of Oyster Stitch. The beaded version can be worked in singles but is most effective worked in a line and since it is part of the chain stitch it will follow a curve well. Beaded Oyster Stitch makes a great edging stitch around a collar or neckline, or on projects such as needle cases or for a contemporary twist us on  fabric books postcards and the like. As Usual you can find a tutorial for stitch Beaded Oyster Stitch in my Stitch Dictionary.

Where to share your stitching for TAST week

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 Oyster Stitch page or the Beaded version of Oyster Stitch 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.

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