TAST Week 2
The stitch for TAST week 2 is Fly Stitch.
I made the sample above using 5 layers of chiffon and netting stitched over with mainly Fly Stitch. Much of the grass/reeds areas are also fly stitch. I mixed the thickness and type of threads to give variety and interest. I hope you find the sample above interesting and that it tempts you to experiment a bit.
Beyond TAST Week 2
Italian Border Stitch is very versatile. If you work it compactly, close together, the knots form a neat line you can use as an edge or on a border.
This stitch is actually a variety of fly stitch it can be worked in a circle to create disk-like flowers. And of course, you can easily add beads. Since Italian Border Stitch can be opened out to form a V you can also arrange it in patterns. As I said, it is really very versatile. I hope you have fun with it.
How to join TAST and where to share
If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitch and share what you have learned. 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 it 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 In other words either Fly Stitch or Italian Border Stitch.
If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.
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