TAST Week 15

Butterfly chain sample

TAST Week 15

This week for TAST Week 15, the stitch is Butterfly chain. I always feel this stitch is a much under-utilised decorative composite stitch. Once you start playing with it, you will see how versatile and fun it can be to do. Don’t forget to check out the tutorial on how to work Butterfly chain stitch for instructions on how to do it. You will also find some ideas on how you might adapt and use it.

Butterfly chain sample

Beyond TAST

This week I suggest that for those who are doing the beyond TAST challenge they try out Spanish Feather stitch. It can be a bit tricky but then Beyond TAST is supposed to be for those who are intermediate stitchers or those people who have done TAST in previous years. It is sort of stitchers level 2! With that in mind, I challenge you to try something a little trickier!

Where to share your stitching for week 15

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 Beyond TAST. Give your work a modern twist and share it online so beginners can see what can be done with some imagination.

Stitch a sample, photograph it, put in online on your blog, or share it in the Take a Stitch Tuesday Flickr group, or 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 stitch page In other words either Don’t forget your full web address, including the 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.

 

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 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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