TAST Week 38

hand embroidery band sampler detail 722TAST 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.

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    1. Hi Marly tricky question as some of the stitches covered overlap but there are stitches that are not online. There are fresh samples of stitches and everything has been re-photographed – with left and right hand instructions. Also there is a section on how to adapt and work with variations. It’s a reference book not a project book.

  1. Hi Sharon
    The link to preorder your book is to Amazon who say they can’t deliver the book to my address in Gungahlin, can I order from you, happy to collect the book from you if necessary- cheers Valerie.

    Valerie Merritt

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