TAST break week

TAST2012logoLast week, I announced we would have a catch-up week. If you are up to date with your  sampling, take a little a break. I don’t know a stitcher who has not got other projects to work on — so this is your chance.

For others who are in catch-up mode, this week gives you a little time and hopefully, in taking the pressure off, you can relax with your stitching and experiment a bit. Catch-up weeks are important. It is easy to fall a bit behind as we all have busy lives. What I hope to prevent is people slipping behind, then getting discouraged. The 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. Too much pressure leads to people feeling they don’t have time for it. So these break weeks gives you a chance to take a breath and remember why you took on the challenge to develop your stitching skills and creativity.

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.

Close detail of thread twisties

 

These are creative embroiders threads. With them, I hope to encourage you to experiment. Each Twisty 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 of them 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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