TAST week 33

Cloud filling sample 1Cloud Filling is the stitch for TAST week 33. You mainly see it being used as a filler stitch.  If you are a new hand to embroidery, you will find that filler stitches are amazingly useful to cover areas of a design and before long you start collecting them. This stitch covers areas quickly and easily.

The grid that you lay down for Cloud Filling stitch is traditionally created as a simple straight stitch through which you lace a thread (see the tutorial here). But you can, if you choose, create a grid of blocks of satin stitches, detached chain stitches, bullion knots, fly stitches, cross stitches or even bugle beads. This changes the stitch.  You can also experiment with threads. Choose different threads or novelty yarns to create some very different effects with your fill and of course have fun!

Beyond TAST week 33

Beyond TAST is a challenge for those people who have done TAST before, or for those who already know the basic embroidery stitches.

sample of Slip detached chain stitch

Beyond TAST week 33 is Slipped Detached Chain stitch which is known as Tulip Stitch. It does look a little like a flower. This stitch really comes alive when you experiment with different threads or even use ribbon for the chain part and then change threads for the stitches you thread under the chain. It’s a fun stitch and easy to work on either evenweave fabric or in a more freeform way on regular fabric. As usual click though to the tutorial on Tulip stitch for instructions and more ideas. I hope you enjoy experimenting this week.

Where to share your stitching samples for TAST week 33

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, or share it 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 and want to share what you have done leave a comment with a link on the Cloud Filling stitch page, or the Tulip 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.

Have you seen my Stitchers Templates?

marking a seam using my stitchers Templates

As someone who loves crazy quilting and embroidery, I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my templates, you can create hundreds of different patterns to apply to your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.

To see what they look like, find out about the free ebook of patterns that come with them, go to the Pintangle shop .

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