TAST Week 38
TAST week 38 is here! This week, I have two stitches that are similar and both are worked on a grid. You could experiment with them off-grid – in other words, work them in a free form manner but people usually work them within a square.
I think you may be surprised by Woven Cross Stitch, as although at first sight, it looks a bit mundane, it is very addictive. It is also one of those stitches that once you work it, you realise how much potential it has. Try different threads such as perle cotton #5, a variegated thread or even a fine knitting yarn. As usual, you can find a tutorial for the Woven Cross Stitch in my Stitch Dictionary.
Beyond TAST week 38
Chained Cross Stitch is an interesting variety of Cross Stitch that is fun to work. If worked in a line it creates a textured band. I like it worked in a slightly thicker thread such as cotton perle #5. Once again, it is a stitch where a little experimentation is in order. Chained Cross stitch is also great to use as an edge on items such as needle books, pincushions, scissor keeps, small bags, fabric postcards and small projects. As usual, follow the link Chained Cross Stitch to the tutorial, try it out, have fun and share what you do.
How to join TAST and where to share TAST week 38
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 trying out the Beyond TAST stitch, 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 Woven Cross Stitch or the Chained Cross Stitch stitch page. Don’t forget your full web address, including the HTTP or HTTPS 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.
Subscribe to Pintangle and have it delivered to your inbox
You can have Pintangle delivered to your inbox by using the ‘Subscribe’ feature in the sidebar. Just enter your email address, and when you get the confirmation email make sure you click ‘yes’ and you are all set! If you are on a mobile, cell phone or tablet you will need to scroll to the bottom to find the ‘subscribe’ field.
My next book is available on Pre-order
My book Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery: Visual Guide to 120 Essential Stitches for Stunning Designs is out in November preorders are available now!
Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned embroiderer, Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery gives you techniques to encourage and develop a fresh and creative embroidery style. Discover play points in your embroidery, explore variations in height and width, stacking stitches, or using repetitions of the same stitch to create areas of texture and shape. All these and more will give you creative variations and demonstrations of small tweaks for big effects to send you down your own creative path, all richly illustrated with plenty of eye candy. with plenty of eye candy.