TAST Week 44

TAST Week 44

Twisted chain stitch Rope stitch sample
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 play with the spacing. You can also lengthen the ‘arms’ of each stitch to produce a barbed line useful for floral sprays.
Rope stitch sample

Since Twisted Chain stitch or Rope stitch is a member of the chain stitch, it will follow a curve well.  So it is very useful if you want a solid line, without just regular chain stitch. The tutorial for Twisted Chain stitch and Rope Stitch not only illustrates how to work this stitch, but also shares a few samples to give you some ideas on how it might be used.

Beyond TAST Week 44

Laced herringbone square step 9
For Beyond TAST I propose that readers explore Herringbone Square. Actually, I am throwing two stitches together this week, because if you follow the link to the tutorial, there are also instructions for Laced Herringbone Square Stitch too. Lacing any stitch is always interesting. Try experimenting with threads as the lacing process does not involve passing the needle through the fabric. This frees you up to try all sorts of thicker threads for the second stage of the stitch. I think it makes for an interesting little motif. You can repeat it along a line or arrange it in a pattern. Have fun with them both as they are an interesting variation. Try taking a simple well-known stitch and arrange it in a square, you have a whole different look and feel.

Where to share TAST week 44

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 Twisted Chain stitch or Rope stitch or the  Laced Herringbone Square Stitch 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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  1. I recently saw a post about a stitch that was done by wrapping a thread in a buttonhole manner around the needle, pulling the needle through the ‘buttonholes’ and into the fabric! I can’t remember where I saw it. or how it was done. Do you have any idea what it is called please? The needle was inserted back into the fabric a short distance away from the exit and made small loops.
    Many thanks.

    Deborah Kenward

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