Beyond TAST week 37
For TAST week 37, I am introducing a textured stitch called Whipped wheel. This stitch produces a raised ribbed circle. Until you try it you don’t know how much fun this stitch can be. This is one of my favourite textured stitches. If you look closely at much of my stitching you will find them tucked into all sorts of places. Whipped wheels are quick to work once you have mastered them. You can use Whipped wheels alone – as an accent stitch, a point of colour, an interesting texture, or they can be scattered over an area, almost like a powdered filling. As usual, you will find a tutorial for whipped wheel stitch here. Enjoy learning and experimenting with it.
Whipped Spoke Stitch is another stitch I love. It is very close to Whipped wheel and you can easily work the two together. You can work it in lines or circles or as part of a border or simple freeform, as I have done in the sample above. I used hand-dyed cotton perle #5 thread for the Whipped Spoke stitch. Other stitches used in this sample are with French knots, Cast on stitch, Bullion knots, and whipped wheel stitch. Tutorials to all of these stitches can be found in my Stitch Dictionary.
How to join TAST and where to share TAST week 37
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 , 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 Whipped wheel or the Whipped Spoke Stitch page. Don’t forget your full web address, including the HTTP or 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.
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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