TAST Week 45

TAST Week 45 I always encourage embroiderers to experiment with different threads and this week’s stitch is an ideal example of why. The stitch for TAST week 45 is  Raised Cross Stitch Flower.  You benefit if you explore this stitch a little, by using different types of thread. If you …

TAST Week 44

TAST Week 44 TAST Week 44 is Twisted Chain stitch or Rope stitch. These are two very similar stitches. Rope stitch is a twisted chain stitch worked closely together, so I am inclined to group them together. They are also an example of a stitch that can look very different if you …

Stacked beads and Hidden Lace

Playing with beads has to be one of my favourite ways to relax and I think stacked beads is my current obsession. I have recently started to experiment with stacking beads and folding sequins and thought I would share what is on the hoop. (Click on the images if you …

TAST Week 43

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 …

Free Hand embroidery design of heart and flowers

Today, I have a free hand-embroidery design of a heart and flowers. It is offered as a little gift to my readers. I have been playing with Illustrator recently and this is one of the designs I created. I guess I should be handing out a design more appropriate for the …

TAST Week 42

TAST Week 42 The stitch for TAST week 42 is Half Chevron stitch. This stitch is an example of a variety comprised of parts of two different stitches that make up a new stitch.  Half Chevron stitch consists of half Chevron Stitch and half Cretan Stitch both have been in …

Laced Herringbone Stitch

Laced Herringbone stitch is a line of Herringbone that is laced with a thread. Most often I use a contrasting thread. Lacing any embroidery stitch with a contrasting thread or ribbon quickly creates an interesting variety. You can lace with novelty threads and yarns. Metallic threads can be very effective …