TAST week 41 is here, and before we know it, the end of the year will have arrived. For this week, Closed Herringbone stitch is the challenge. It is very useful to define a good strong line or to use in a border, or as part of an edging. You can experiment by changing the height of the stitches to use it as a fill for small shapes. Also, this stitch looks wonderful in a fine braid.
As Usual, you can find a tutorial for Closed Herringbone stitch in the stitch dictionary section of the site.
Beyond TAST Week 41
Fancy Bobbin Edging looks more complicated than it actually is. I found it in a 1970’s embroidery book called The Batsford encyclopaedia of embroidery stitches by Anne Butler. This book is hand illustrated and has black-and-white photos. While these are sometimes not so clear, but the book did introduce me to this stitch!
As its name implies, it is a great stitch to use as an edging. This is particularly the case when you space the stitches close together.
Since it is a member of the buttonhole family, you can change the length of the arms and create a border, or fill patterns if you work rows of the stitch. The ridge along the base is more pronounced if you use a thread with a firm twist such as a cotton perle. I worked several samples using different types of thread and I have illustrated them in the Fancy Bobbin Edging Tutorial
How to join TAST and where to share TAST week 41
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 trying out the Beyond TAST stitch. 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 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 Closed Herringbone stitch or the Fancy Bobbin Edging stitch 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.
Enjoy your stitching!
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!