This week, we have another two stitches that are worked on a grid. Algerian Eye Stitch is often used in even-weave embroidery techniques, such as canvas work, pulled work embroidery, and forms of counted thread work. However, it has a simple structure which means it is easily adapted and you can be very creative with it. If you use it to make a shape in free form embroidery, it can be very effective. You can add beads, scatter them across an area, or build up patterns and designs. You will find a tutorial for Algerian Eye Stitch in my stitch dictionary and it is not difficult, so enjoy experimenting with it.
Beyond TAST Week 40
Eastern stitch is another even-weave stitch that is worked on a grid but it will follow a softly curved line too.
Since Eastern stitch forms a squarish shape, it is often worked in regular patterns. For example, cross stitch designs can be easily adapted and used. The beaded version is the same. Because it fits into a square it will sit on a grid well, making developing your own patterns fun and easy. Eastern stitch is made up of units which you can orient in different directions to create other types of patterns. The above sample is worked on Aida using hand-dyed cotton perle thread. I turned each stitch and elongated the stitch a little, and worked blocks of 4 stitches to create little motifs that can be used to form a pattern. It was very easy and very quick.
How to join TAST and where to share TAST week 40
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 Algerian Eye or the Eastern 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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