The stitch for Take a Stitch Tuesday 2023 Week 21 is Oyster Stitch which looks difficult until you understand how it works. Once you understand the mechanics of it, this stitch is quick and easy to work. And it produces a nice textured chain stitch that can be used in many situations in place of chain stitch. But this one will give you a more interesting textured line. It will follow a curve well which is great, as many textured stitches do not.
You can also use Oyster stitch in single units and apply it where you might use detached chain stitch. This means you can use it in daisy-like formations in floral sprays. As usual, check out the tutorial on Oyster stitch and gather together some ideas and then try it out. I think you will find it is an interesting member of the chain stitch family and lots of fun – enjoy it!
Take a Stitch Tuesday 2023 Week 21 Beyond TAST
For people doing the Beyond TAST challenge this week, I would like you to experiment with Buttonhole Picot. In my tutorial, I have two versions. One is made with a Bullion and the second is made with a chain stitch. I always find the second, an easier way to work. I would be interested to hear what others think.
If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitch and share what you have learned. If you are an experienced embroiderer, enjoy Beyond TAST and give your work a modern twist. And of course, share it online so beginners can see what can be done with a little imagination.
If you are looking for past TAST stitch challenges the archives are in the Take a Stitch Tuesday category
Where to Share
If you are doing the design challenge you have a month to work a design and stitch it up.
If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.
I hope people enjoy this weeks TAST stitches.
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!