TAST week 35

I have a little bit of housekeeping before I announce the stitch for TAST week 35. Next week will be a break week. In addition, I have introduced some easy stitches for this week, as I feel that the combination of a fun easy week coupled with the break week next week, will enable some of us to take a breath, catch up, work on other projects and revive any flagging energy levels for TAST. When I declare break weeks, I hope to prevent people slipping behind, then getting discouraged, as the main aim of TAST — and the reason I run it — is that I love embroidery and I love to introduce people to embroidery, so I want to see everyone succeed. So with that announcement … on with TAST

This week, I am introducing everyone to 4 varieties of  Chain Stitch that can be used whenever you want a really strong line. I hope they all prove to be fun. For TAST, I am suggesting two varieties of Whipped Chain stitch.  Both varieties are fun and quick. Both stitches use the same hand movements, but produce a totally different look.

Whipped chain stitch version 2 step 4

Double whipped Chain stitch is also great linear stitch. It produces a solid decorative line which, since it is based on chain stitch, will also follow a curve well. It is a handy stitch to use on the edge of items too as it will wear well.
Double Whipped chain stitch 3

Beyond TAST week 35

The stitch this week is called Magic Chain or some books call it Checkered Chain. I hope people have fun with it and you don’t get into too many tangles 🙂

TAST stitch 69 is magic chain or checkered chain stitch

Where to share your stitching samples for TAST week 35

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. If you have a blog and want to share what you have done leave a comment with a link on the Whipped Chain stitch page, or the Magic Chain page.

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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