I always encourage embroiderers to experiment with different threads and this weeks stitch is an ideal example of why. The stitch for TAST week 45 is Raised Cross Stitch Flower. You benefit if you explore this stitch a little by using different types of thread. If you have threads or even fine knitting yarns that you look at and wonder how you will use them, try them out on this stitch! So go digging in your stash and haul out threads you might think are bit bulky or a bit cord or braid-like and experiment. You can use threads such as silk ribbon, chainette, fine metallic braids, and many novelty threads come to life when you use Raised Cross Stitch Flower. On that note remember that today is the last day of my Thread twisties sale. In the Raised Cross Stitch Flower tutorial I share some examples of this stitch worked in different threads. Take a look, as I hope it will give you a few ideas.
Beyond TAST Week 45
I have two stitches that are so similar I have grouped them together. You will see why when you read the instructions. The first Closed Base Needlewoven Picot produces a 3D leaf like shape that stand clear of the fabric. These leaves can be added to stems of floral sprays. Use a thread with a firm twist like cotton perle #8 or #5 otherwise it takes forever and a day to work any number of them.
The second Open Base Needlewoven Picot is a far more broader petal like shape that also stands clear of the fabric. These can be used for flower petals or worked a little wider and in rows lapped on top of each other they make great lichen or pine cones.
Both stitches are heaps of fun to work and are ideal to create flowers and the like. Have fun with these two stitches.
Where to share TAST week 45
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 Raised Cross Stitch Flower or the Open Base Needlewoven Picot 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.
Last day of my Thread Twisties Sale!
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.
Thread twisties discounted to $6.00 — and yes, we combine postage and refund the difference back to you!
You will find my thread twisties in the Pintangle shop here.