TAST Week 12

TAST Week 12

Couching is a simple, but wonderfully versatile, stitch and technique. With this stitch, you can use many novelty yarns that cannot fit through the eye of a needle. Follow the link for instructions and eye candy.

couching sample 5

Couching is a quick way to add a textured line to your design. You can use it to couch metallic threads, novelty fibres, and thicker threads to an embroidered piece. And in the process, you can build up rich, complex, decorative surfaces. You can use it in a freeform manner as I have done above. Or you can build up more regular grid-like patterns, as with laid work.
In the sample above, I couched a blue chenille yarn and novelty knitting yarn to a foundation fabric that is hand-painted. I then covered it with textured embroidery and beads.
The sample below is a pattern built up by couching a grid of thicker navy blue thread to a background of hand-painted fabric, before adding a pattern of cross stitches, detached chain stitches, and bugle beads.

Couching sample

Take a Stitch Tuesday Week 12 Beyond TAST

Ghiordes Knot or Turkey Knot

The Beyond TAST challenge for TAST week 12 is Ghiordes Knot. This stitch is also known as Turkey Knot. It is heaps of fun as it creates a fuzzy furry texture. Anywhere you need a bit of fluffy texture, this stitch works. Common ways to use this stitch are for things like the middle of flowers, thistle tops, dandelion puffs, grass, moss, and animal fur, but I like using it in abstract pieces as it is such a contrast in texture. If you want to see the piece this sample in the photograph above is from, you can see it here.

I hope you enjoy Take a Stitch Tuesday Week 12!

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 on your design and stitch it up.

So the idea is to stitch a sample, photograph it, share it in the Take a Stitch Tuesday facebook group, or use the hashtags #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on Instagram.

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

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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.

templates set 3

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!


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