This week, I would like to introduce you to Raised Herringbone Band. It is an interesting stitch that is easily forgotten. But it is really remarkably handy once you learn it. This stitch makes a great decorative filler if you work it in a block, row upon row. Or if you work just one line of it, you can create a solid border. This is ideal to frame a motif or to use along the edge of something. You will find a tutorial for Raised Herringbone band in my stitch dictionary. If you need a refresher on how to work Herringbone stitch there is a link in the tutorial.
Beyond TAST Week 21
Beyond TAST week 21 is another herringbone variety. It is called Buttonholed Herringbone. I have decided that it is time for some fun. And this stitch is certainly that, as well as being surprisingly useful. This stitch makes a border that is highly textured —like a braid. It is literally a herringbone stitch that has been buttonholed, so check out the tutorial for Buttonholed Herringbone and have some fun with it. If you work two rows facing each other, you create a line of circles and if you work two rows back to back they become diamonds.
Where to share your stitching for TAST week 21
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 Buttonholed Herringbone page, or the Raised Herringbone Band page. Don’t forget your full web address, including the HTTP 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.
Experimenting with different threads can be expensive. You would normally have to buy a whole skein of each type of thread. My thread twisties 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. 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.