First, before I announce the stitch for TAST week 46, this is a reminder that TAST will run again next year. There’s no need to sign on as such — just subscribe to Pintangle to have an email each week to tell you what the challenge stitch is. If you need more information, I’ve put the challenge guidelines on the TAST FAQ page.
This week, I would like to introduce you to Shell chain. I have worked the sample using a variety of threads and knitting yarns. I even used some satin ribbon! The ribbon is about 1/4 of an inch wide.
I used linen for the fabric. You see, linen has quite a bit of slack, so I could get a thick needle and thread through it without having to tug, pull and carry on. I could have added more layers of stitching and added beads and other textured stitches but I decided against it as you would not see the shell chain stitch!
Shell chain can easily be worked in a circle or on a curve and you can emphasise the effect by angling the needle further left or right. You can also thread ribbon through it and add beads. It is a fun and interesting linear stitch but if you layer it, you build up some very interesting textures with it too!
Beyond TAST Week 46
This week I would like to suggest you experiment with Threaded Cable Chain Stitch. See the tutorial on how to hand embroider Threaded Cable chain for instructions on how to do work it. This stitch is an ideal stitch for decorative borders and since it will follow a curve well it can be used in many situations.
Where to share TAST week 46
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, or share it in the TAST facebook group. Hashtags are #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. If you write a blog, leave a comment on the Shell chain or the Threaded Cable Chain Stitch stitch page.
If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.
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My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results shares practical methods about how to design and make a crazy quilt. I teach you how to balance colour, texture and pattern, in order to direct the viewer’s eye around a crazy quilted project. I show you how to build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways using a handful of stitches. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be both practical and inspiring.