TAST Week 43

Knotted Cretan Stitch hand embroidery sample 6

TAST Week 43

With that, let’s go on to the stitches for TAST week 43! The first is Knotted Cretan stitch, which is an interesting stitch – particularly if you use it to represent organic designs. It is a textured stitch that follows a curved line a well, and yet because it is based on Cretan stitch, you can do a lot with it! As usual, follow the link to Knotted Cretan stitch for a tutorial and ideas on how you might use it.

Knotted Cretan Stitch hand embroidery sample2

Beyond TAST Week 43

I have selected Raised Cup stitch for Beyond TAST. Although the name seems appropriate at this time year it is an ideal stitch with which to create small flowers. The small lilac flowers with a white pearl bead in the middle are Raised Cup stitch. It is a sweet little stitch and I will be looking forward to seeing what you do with it. So take a look at the Raised Cup tutorial and explore the stitch, have fun and see what you can do.

Raised cup stitch on crazy quilting

How to join and where to share TAST week 43

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 wherever you hang out online. Hashtags are #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc.

If you have a blog, leave a comment on the Knotted Cretan stitch or the Raised Cup stitch page. Don’t forget your full web address, including the 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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My book for creative stitchers

Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery book coverIf you enjoy TAST you will get real value from my book  Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery: Visual Guide to 120 Essential Stitches for Stunning Designs

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 techniques and more will give you creative variations. I have included numerous demonstrations of small tweaks that create big effects. To send you down your own creative path, the book is richly illustrated with plenty of eye candy.


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