TAST Week 26

Sheaf Stitch Sample 3 TAST Week 26TAST Week 26

The Stitch for TAST week 26, is to experiment with Sheaf Stitch. You often see Sheaf Stitch used as a light, filling stitch, with single stitches spaced evenly over an area. But it is often underestimated, as it is far more interesting than just an area filler. You can arrange clusters of stitches to create patterns. I think you will be surprised. Try sketching out a few ideas on paper. And you will quickly realise that you are only limited by your imagination. Oh yes, and of course, time to try out the ideas! If you use interesting threads and beads, the possibilities expand still further. Follow the link for a tutorial and eye candy on Sheaf Stitch. Have fun with it, explore it a bit and I am sure you will be surprised.

Sheaf Stitch Sample 2 TAST Week 26

Beyond TAST week 26

For Beyond TAST week 26, I have a variety of chain stitch that is a bit more interesting. Linked Double Chain is a wonderful variety of chain stitch. If you are a beginner, you might like to make sure you are familiar with chain stitch and with twisted chain stitch, since Linked Double Chain consists of two chain stitches worked side by side, which are then linked with a twisted chain. This combination is worked to form a line. I use it in organic motifs – grasses and sprays of flowers and the like as it produces a bobbly line.

Where to share your stitching for TAST week 24

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitch and share what you have learnt. For more experienced embroiderers, 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 Sheaf Stitch page, or the Linked Double Chain page.

If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.

Have you seen my book?

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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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