TAST week 43

Knotted Cretan Stitch hand embroidery sample 6Before I announce the stitches for TAST week 43, I have a little bit of housekeeping. I have been asked if I will run TAST next year — and I will. TAST will run in the same format as now. That means it will have a simplified stitch for those who are starting out, and a ‘Beyond TAST’ stitch for more experienced stitchers. No need to sign up — just subscribe to Pintangle to have an email about it each week — if that is convenient for you. So, spread the word and let people know — as it is possibly the last time I will run TAST. Since my husband retired, we are travelling more often so it gets difficult to maintain continuity. I am totally happy if your stitching guild wants to run the TAST challenge in their newsletter, as long as they link back to Pintangle and give credit.

With that, let’s go on to the stitches for TAST week 43! The first is Knotted Cretan stitch, which is an interesting stitch – particularly if you use it to represent organic designs. It is a textured stitch that follows a curved line a well, and yet because it is based on Cretan stitch, you can do a lot with it! As usual, follow the link to Knotted Cretan stitch for a tutorial and ideas on how you might use it.

Knotted Cretan Stitch hand embroidery sample2

Beyond TAST Week 43

I have selected Raised Cup stitch for Beyond TAST. Although the name seems appropriate at this time year it is an ideal stitch with which to create small flowers. The small lilac flowers with a white pearl bead in the middle are Raised Cup stitch. It is a sweet little stitch and I will be looking forward to seeing what you do with it. So take a look at the Raised Cup tutorial and explore the stitch, have fun and see what you can do.

Raised cup stitch on crazy quilting

How to join and where to share TAST week 43

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 wherever you hang out online. Hashtags are #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc.

If you have a blog, leave a comment on the Knotted Cretan stitch or the Raised Cup 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.

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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