TAST Week 30

Beaded Lock stitch step sample
Both stitches for TAST Week 30 create wider lines. For those who are new to embroidery, I encourage you to learn Lock Stitch which is easy to learn. Lock stitch has interesting single and double versions, both of which are quick, easy to work once you get in the rhythm. I’ve documented both versions and both of them are worth exploring because they are versatile.

Since Lock stitch basically consists of a row of vertical straight stitches that are laced. Varying the foundation row spacing or height can create all sorts of patterns. Also, you can easily use make these more interesting by using novelty yarns. If you are going to do this, my tip is to use a tapestry needle to avoid splitting the foundation stitches

Double lock stitch makes a very nice border or seam for crazy quilting.

If you bead Lock stitch it really comes alive! In fact, I think that when beaded, it is a wonderful stitch. Anyway that is the challenge this week here is the tutorial for Lock stitch and Double Lock stitch and here is the tutorial for Beaded lock stitch

Beyond TAST Week 30

Beyond TAST is a challenge for those people who have done TAST before, or for those who already know the basic embroidery stitches. Beyond TAST week 30 is Turkman Stitch which is great for creating broad lines, as once you get the hang of it, you can work it quickly. Some people classify it a type of double chain stitch. I can see why. Since Turkman Stitch is almost a member of the chain stitch family it holds all the advantages of a wide chain stitch such as being able to hold a curve well.

Turkman stitch step 5

If you work it on an even-weave fabric it is a very pleasing line but you can also use it in a more freeform manner by pushing out the side of the stitch so that it creates a line that is wider and then pulling in the sides to create a thinner line. As usual, I have a Turkman Stitch. Hopefully, I have given you a few ideas on how you might explore this stitch.

Where to share your stitching samples for TAST week 30

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 TAST facebook group or where ever you hang out online. If you have a blog and want to share what you have done leave a comment with a link on the Lock stitch page, or the Turkman Stitch 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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