TAST Week 23
The stitch for TAST week 23 is Knotted Cable Chain. You can find a tutorial for Knotted Cable Chain in my Stitch Dictionary. Knotted Cable Chain is a textured linear stitch which looks great used in all sorts of ways. You can work the chain in an open loose manner as illustrated here, add a bead or thread ribbon, fine braid or yarn underneath or if you want a textured line, work the chain snug around the knot for a knobbly line. It holds a curve well, so if you want to use a textured curve line in your design, it’s a good stitch to use.
Beyond TAST week 23
For Beyond TAST, I am suggesting another variety of cable chain stitch. (Follow the link to a tutorial if you need a refresher) I have chosen Interlaced Cable Chain stitch to illustrate that we can build on stitches using a variety of techniques. One of those techniques is to treat the stitch as a foundation row and lace a second thread through them, turning the stitch into what people call a composite stitch.
Interlaced Cable Chain stitch looks complex, but really, it is simple and remarkably quick to do. You can lace with a thread of the same type or experiment with novelty yarn, fine ribbon and fine braid. The sample above was stitched in cotton perle #5 thread. As usual, I have a tutorial on how to work Interlaced Cable Chain Stitch in the stitch dictionary. I hope you enjoy experimenting with this stitch.
Next week, a catch-up or break week
Heads up, everyone. Next week will be a catch-up or break week whichever applies to you. I notice some people are struggling to keep up or are behind. So it is time to take a breather for a week.
Where to share your stitching for TAST week 23
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 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 Knotted Cable Chain page, or the Interlaced Cable Chain stitch page.
If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.
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