TAST Break Week 1

TAST Break Week 1

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This is TAST Break Week 1. Last week, I mentioned that we would have a catch-up week. If you are up to date with your homework, take a little a break. I don’t know a stitcher who has not got other projects to work on – so this is your chance.

For others who are in catch-up mode, this week gives you a little time. Catch-up weeks are important. It is easy to fall a bit behind as we all have busy lives. What I hope to prevent is people slipping behind, then getting discouraged, as the main aim of TAST and the reason I run it, is that I love embroidery and I love to introduce people to embroidery, so I want to see everyone succeed.
Close detail of thread twisties

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 embroider’s 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.

5 Comments

  1. Hi Sharon, I love your TASTs and have been collecting them for the past 18 months or so. I am a newbie to crazy quilting and have delved deeply into your tutorials to help with my experiments.

    I have not had time to stick with the TAST regime so far but as we in the UK are now confined to home fro the next 12 weeks at least I think I may have to go back to this year’s weeks and have a go. I am not at all good with technology so I may not be able to post what I have done but I will try.

    I love what you make and I will aspire to get better and better.

    Love and hugs, Gill

    Gillian Compigne-Leaney

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