For TAST Week 18, I thought after the tough stitch last week, I had better be kind to everyone this week! Arrow or Arrowhead Stitch – which is a very quick and easy stitch to work. It is versatile and you can use it for stylish projects on the one hand, and children’s stitching projects on the other.
There are two varieties of Arrowhead stitch (see the tutorial). One is a horizontal version, and one is vertical. Both varieties are good examples of a stitch that has a strong geometric structure that enables you to create numerous patterns by arranging the stitches in various ways. It is ideal to work in bands for borders or over an area for fills.
Beyond TAST Week 18
I am not being so kind to those folks who are doing the Beyond TAST challenge. Sorry! I am once again posting two varieties of a stitch to explore. Raised chain has 2 versions. The first is a version published in most stitch dictionaries, Raised Chain as version 1. In the case of Raised Chain as version 2, I was taught it years ago. To my delight, it is published in the A-Z of Embroidery Stitches Volume 2. This makes it legit in my eyes, shifting it from a quirky Aussie version to another handy variety. It creates a raised but flat surface.
I have decided to suggest both, for the challenge, because they both have their merits. And they are well worth experimenting with. I also know if I suggest one without the other, someone will ask if I know the other version!
As I said, both have their merits and both can add texture in interesting ways to a piece. They both make a great edge to your work too!
Where to share your stitching for TAST Week 18
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 it online on your blog, or share it in the Take a Stitch Tuesday Flickr group, or in the TAST facebook group or wherever you hang out online. Hashtags are #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. If you have a blog leave a comment on the Arrow or Arrowhead Stitch page or the Raised Chain as version 1 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.
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