TAST Week 19

The stitch for TAST Week 19 is Oyster Stitch which looks difficult until you understand how it works. Once you understand the mechanics of it, this stitch is quick and easy to work. And it produces a nice textured chain stitch that can be used in many situations in place of chain stitch. But this one will give you a more interesting textured line. It will follow a curve well which is great, as many textured stitches do not.

TAST Week 19 oyster stitch sample

You can also use Oyster stitch in single units and apply it where you might use detached chain stitch. This means you can use it in daisy-like formations in floral sprays. As usual, check out the tutorial on Oyster stitch and gather together some ideas and then try it out. I think you will find it is an interesting member of the chain stitch family and lots of fun  – enjoy it!

Beyond TAST Week 19

Beaded Oyster stitch 83
I thought I should treat Beyond TAST folks more kindly as I have challenged you over the past couple weeks. This week I suggest the Beaded version of Oyster Stitch. The beaded version can be worked in singles but is most effective when worked in a line. And since it is part of the chain stitch, it will follow a curve well. Beaded Oyster Stitch makes a great edging stitch around a collar or neckline, or on projects such as needle cases or for a contemporary twist us on fabric books, postcards, and the like. As usual, you can find a tutorial for stitch Beaded Oyster Stitch in my Stitch Dictionary.

Where to share your stitching for TAST week

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 and 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 Take a Stitch Tuesday Flickr group, or 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 Oyster Stitch page or the Beaded version of Oyster Stitch page. 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.

holding my book in front of quilt

My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results  shares detailed practical methods about how to design and make a crazy quilt. From fabric choice, to balancing colour, texture and pattern, in order to balance and direct the eye around the block.  I cover how to stitch, build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be practical and inspiring.

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