TAST Week 29

TAST Week 29

Pekinese Stitch sample 1

TAST week 29 and Beyond TAST are both linear stitches. The first is Pekinese Stitch which creates an interesting line that can follow a curve well. Not only can you use this stitch as a linear stitch but it is a useful stitch to use around the edge of items. Pekinese Stitch is quick to work if you need to edge a larger item such as the page of a fabric book. In the sample here I used Pekinese Stitch in the middle of some ric-rac braid. As usual, you will find a tutorial for Pekinese Stitch in my stitch dictionary. I hope you enjoy experimenting!

Beyond TAST Week 29

scroll stitch

Beyond TAST is a challenge for those people who have done TAST before, or for those who already know the basic embroidery stitches. For the Beyond TAST, I am suggesting a linear stitch that is often forgotten. It is called Scroll stitch. You can also work scroll stitch as a single line or two rows back to back to create an interesting double line.

At first glance, it does not look too exciting but changing the spacing of this stitch creates all sorts of interesting effects from a braid-like stitch to a line of spaced knots.

Scroll stitch is a good linear stitch as you can work it on quite a tight curve so it can coil over an area with ease but you need to master the tension- hence placing it in the Beyond TAST challenge. Once you learn to control the tension it is quick and easy.

scroll stitch

Where to share your stitching samples for TAST week 29

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. Share what you have done online, so beginners can see what can be done with a little imagination.

Stitch a sample share it in the TAST facebook group or where ever you hang out online. If you have a blog and want to share what you have done leave a comment with a link on the Pekinese Stitch page, or the  Scroll stitch page.

If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.

Thread Twisties!

Experimenting with different threads can be expensive. You would normally have to buy a whole skein of each type of thread. So I have made up my thread twisties which are a combination of different threads to use in creative hand embroidery. These enable you to try out stitching with something other than stranded cotton. For the price of just a few skeins, you can experiment with a bundle of threads of luscious colours and many different textures.

These are creative embroiders threads. With them, I hope to encourage you to experiment. Each Twistie is a thread bundle containing silk, cotton, rayon, and wool. Threads range from extra fine (the same thickness as 1 strand of embroidery floss) to chunky couchable textured yarns. All threads have a soft and manageable drape so twisting them around a needle makes experimental hand embroidery an interesting journey rather than a battle.  Many are hand-dyed by me. And they are all threads I use. You may find a similar thread twist but no two are identical.

You will find my thread twisties in the Pintangle shop here.

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