TAST Week 6
TAST Week 6 is here already! The TAST stitch to learn and experiment with is Herringbone Stitch.
Herringbone stitch is another of those key stitches that many people first learn when new to hand embroidery. I hope those readers who are attempting this stitch for the first time enjoy it and discover its versatility. There is so much you can do with it.
Try working Herringbone stitch in different threads, or on different fabrics. Play with the spacing of the cross working the parts closely together, or work them further apart, or add beads! You can work the stitch back to back and change the height of the stitches to create interesting patterns but as I say, see the Herringbone stitch instruction page for more ideas.
Beyond TAST Week 6
For Beyond TAST crowd I am suggesting that you Raised Close Herringbone stitch. This stitch is most often worked in the shape of petals for flowers or leaves and incorporated in floral sprays. It is a quickly worked, self padding stitch which adds texture and interest to your work. But the main reason I am suggesting Raised Close Herringbone is that it is an example of a stitch that once you know the hand movements you can think differently about how each unit is arranged. In this case, the stitch is stacked on top of each other to form a filled-out shape yet it is a member of the herringbone family.
My tip for week 6 is to use a blunt tapestry needle to avoid splitting the stitches.
How to join and where to share your stitching for week 6
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 on your blog, or share it in the Take a Stitch Tuesday Flickr group, or 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 stitch page with your full web address. So for week 6, it is either Herringbone stitch instruction page or the Raised Close Herringbone stitch page. Or both if you tackle both! Don’t forget the HTTPS bit of the web address so that your address becomes a live link so that 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
Experimenting with different threads can be expensive, as you would normally have to buy a whole skein of each type of thread. So I have made up my thread twisties which are a combination of different threads to use in creative hand embroidery. These enable you to try out stitching with something other than stranded cotton. For the price of just a few skeins, you can experiment with a bundle of threads of luscious colours and many different textures.
These are creative embroiders threads. With them, I hope to encourage you to experiment. Each Twistie is a thread bundle containing silk, cotton, rayon and wool. Threads range from extra fine (the same thickness as 1 strand of embroidery floss) to chunky couchable textured yarns. All threads have a soft and manageable drape so that twisting them around a needle makes experimental hand embroidery an interesting journey rather than a battle. Many are hand-dyed by me. All are threads I use. You may find a similar thread twist but no two are identical.
You will find my thread twisties in the Pintangle shop here.