I hope you all enjoyed the break or used the time to catch up a little. So this week is TAST Week 12.
The TAST Week 12 stitch is to learn and experiment with Cretan Stitch. Cretan stitch is another of those key stitches people learn when they are new to hand embroidery. As I have said before, the first 15- 20 weeks or so of TAST is effectively an embroidery course suitable for beginners to take, so I hope those readers who are attempting this stitch for the first time enjoy it and discover its versatility. Click through to the instructions, for more eye candy and to give you ideas on how to use the stitch.
Beyond TAST Week 12
Beyond TAST this week is a favourite quirky stitch. Looped Cretan Stitch is unusual and a doozie of a stitch if you add a bead! I like stitches that look a bit different. Not only does it make for an interesting border, if you work it row upon row it also makes a really interesting pattern fill. Crazy quilters will love this stitch as it makes a great seam embellishment but it is also a wonderful border stitch too. I am really interested to see how you use this stitch.
How to join TAST and where to share your work for week 12
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. Don’t forget to share it online so beginners can see what you can do with a little imagination.
Stitch a sample, photograph it, put it 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 Cretan Stitch stitch page or the Looped Cretan Stitch stitch page.
If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.
Floral themed Stitchers templates for hand embroiderers
With this set of stitchers templates, you can create your own floral-themed designs. You can easily combine petal and leaf shapes with the curved edges of the templates to create all sorts of floral and organic motifs. You will be able to create hundreds of different patterns to embroider. It is the ultimate mix-and-match fun for stitchers.
The set comes with an e-book with instructions and is filled with patterns and designs that you can create and use as jumping-off spots for your own designs.
They are available now in the shop here
Enjoy your stitching!