TAST Week 35

A little heads-up

I have a little bit of housekeeping before I announce the stitch for TAST week 35. Next week will be a break week. In addition, I have introduced some easy stitches for this week, as I feel that the combination of a fun easy week coupled with the break week next week, will enable some of us to take a breath, catch up, work on other projects and revive any flagging energy levels for TAST. When I declare break weeks, I hope to prevent people slipping behind, then getting discouraged, as the main aim of TAST — and the reason I run it — is that I love embroidery and I love to introduce people to embroidery, so I want to see everyone succeed. So with that announcement … on with TAST

TAST Week 35

This week, I am introducing everyone to four varieties of  Chain Stitch that can be used whenever you want a really strong line. I hope they all prove to be fun. For TAST, I am suggesting two varieties of Whipped Chain stitch.  Both varieties are fun and quick. Both stitches use the same hand movements, but produce a totally different look.

Whipped chain stitch version 2 step 4

Double whipped Chain stitch is also great linear stitch. It produces a solid decorative line which, since it is based on chain stitch, will also follow a curve well. It is a handy stitch to use on the edge of items too as it will wear well.
Double Whipped chain stitch 3

Beyond TAST week 35

The stitch this week is called Magic Chain or some books call it Checkered Chain. I hope people have fun with it and you don’t get into too many tangles 🙂

TAST stitch 69 is magic chain or checkered chain stitch

Where to share your stitching samples for TAST week 35

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. If you have a blog and want to share what you have done leave a comment with a link on the Whipped Chain stitch page, or the Magic Chain page.

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


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