TAST Week 38

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TAST week 38 is here! This week, I have two stitches that are similar and both are worked on a grid. You could experiment with them off-grid – in other words, work them in a free form manner but people usually work them within a square.
I think readers may be surprised by  Woven Cross Stitch as although at first sight, it looks a bit mundane, it is very addictive. It is also one of those stitches that once you work it, you realise how much potential it has. Try different threads such as perle cotton #5, a variegated thread or even a fine knitting yarn.  As usual, you can find a tutorial for the  Woven Cross Stitch in my Stitch Dictionary.

Beyond TAST week 38

Chained Cross Stitch is an interesting variety of Cross Stitch that is fun to work. If worked in a line it creates a textured band. I like it worked in a slightly thicker thread such as cotton perle #5. Once again, it is a stitch where a little experimentation is in order. Chained Cross stitch is also great to use as an edge on items such as needle books, pincushions, scissor keeps, small bags, fabric postcards and small projects. As usual, follow the link Chained Cross Stitch to the tutorial, try it out, have fun and share what you do.

How to join TAST and where to share TAST week 38

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 trying out the Beyond TAST stitch,  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. Hashtags are #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. If you have a blog, leave a comment on the  Woven Cross Stitch or the Chained Cross Stitch stitch page. Don’t forget your full web address, including the HTTP or HTTPS 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.

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Thread Twisties!

Close detail of 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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