TAST Week 34

Plaited Feather Stitch 4

TAST Week 34

TAST week 34 is technically two stitches but, since Crossed and Plaited Feather stitch are so similar, I have grouped them together as one. Both are based on straight-sided feather stitch and both involve a second line of overlapping stitches. As usual, to learn how to work this stitch, visit my tutorial for Crossed and Plaited Feather stitch.

In the example, I have used two different threads so that people can see the structure of the stitch, but you can work both lines in the same coloured thread. Both versions of this stitch are great to use on borders, to create wide lines and they are fun to use for couching down novelty bumpy yarns, ribbon or braid. It is loads of fun to experiment with.

Beyond TAST week 34

Beyond TAST is a challenge for those people who have done TAST before, or for those who already know the basic embroidery stitches.

Spiked knotted cable chain 10
Spiked Knotted Cable Chain builds on established hand skills. You need to be able to work twisted chain stitch, and to have mastered oyster stitch.

I discovered this Spiked Knotted Cable Chain in Edith Johns Creative Stitches (p. 53) This mouthful of a name is one of those stitches that, at first glance, I thought was too complex to hold much interest. Then, once I was in the swing of it, my opinion shifted. This stitch forms an interesting texture and is more versatile than I first thought. I will be interested to see how experienced stitchers explore it for Beyond TAST week 34.

Where to share your stitching samples for TAST week 34

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, 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 and want to share what you have done leave a comment with a link on the Crossed and Plaited Feather stitch. page, or the Spiked Knotted Cable Chain page. Don’t forget your full web address, including the HTTP 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.

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