TAST Week 30

Beaded Lock stitch step sampleTAST Week 30

Both stitches for TAST Week 30 create wider lines. For those who are new to embroidery, I encourage you to learn Lock Stitch which is easy to learn. Lock stitch has interesting single and double versions and both are quick and easy once you get in the rhythm. I’ve documented both versions and both of them are worth exploring because they are versatile.

Lock stitch basically consists of a row of vertical straight stitches that are laced. So, varying the foundation row spacing or height can create all sorts of patterns. Also, you can easily use make these more interesting by using novelty yarns. If you do this, my tip is to use a tapestry needle to avoid splitting the foundation stitches

Double lock stitch makes a very nice border or seam for crazy quilting.

If you bead Lock stitch it really comes alive! In fact, I think that when beaded, it is a wonderful stitch. Anyway that is the challenge this week here is the tutorial for Lock stitch and Double Lock stitch and here is the tutorial for Beaded lock stitch

Beyond TAST Week 30

Beyond TAST is a challenge for those people who have done TAST before, or for those who already know the basic embroidery stitches. The stitch for Beyond TAST week 30 is Turkman Stitch. It is great for creating broad lines, as once you get the hang of it, you can work it quickly. Some people classify it as a type of double chain stitch. I can see why. Since Turkman Stitch is almost a member of the chain stitch family it holds all the advantages of a wide chain stitch such as being able to hold a curve well.

Turkman stitch step 5

If you work it on an even-weave fabric it is a very pleasing line but you can also use it in a more freeform manner by pushing out the side of the stitch so that it creates a line that is wider and then pulling in the sides to create a thinner line. As usual, I have a Turkman Stitch. Hopefully, I have given you a few ideas on how you might explore this stitch.

Where to share your stitching samples for TAST week 30

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. If you have a blog and want to share what you have done leave a comment with a link on the Lock stitch page, or the Turkman Stitch page.

holding my book in front of quiltHave you seen my book?

My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results  shares practical methods about how to design and make a crazy quilt. I teach how to balance colour, texture and pattern, in order direct the viewers eye. I show you how to build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways using a handful of stitches. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be both practical and inspiring.

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