TAST Week 31

sample of woven detached chain stitch

TAST Week 31

For TAST week 31, I have two stitches that are related. They demonstrate how a technique from one stitch can be applied to another. The first stitch is Woven Detached Chain stitch. This is great to use whenever you want to add a leaf shape to your embroidery. It is highly textured and people usually comment on it. I often add Woven Detached Chain stitch to floral sprays instead of using a regular detached chain (lazy daisy). In fact, wherever you see a detached chain in a pattern, you can substitute Woven Detached Chain stitch with great effect.

Beyond TAST Week 31

woven zigzag chain stitch ample

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 31 is Woven Zig Zag Chain. As you can see weaving this stitch is the same technique as used Woven detached chain. Somewhere in the history of embroidery someone has taken this technique and applied it to Zig-Zag chain stitch. In the process they created a wonderful stitch. You can use this stitch over ribbon or if you use it over threads it becomes Woven chained bar. It is not hard to work but does take up quite a bit of thread. It is in the choice of threads that makes this stitch come to life.

Where to share your stitching samples for TAST week 31

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 Woven Detached Chain stitch page, or the  Woven Zig-zag Chain page.

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

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