TAST Week 46

A little housekeeping before I announce this weeks challenge stitches. Yes, next year I plan to run TAST again but the order of stitches will change. Also some new ones will be added and some others will drop out. TAST will also have an added component of a design challenge. …

TAST Week 45

I always encourage embroiderers to experiment with different threads and this week’s stitch is an ideal example of why. The stitch for TAST week 45 is  Raised Cross Stitch Flower.  You benefit if you explore this stitch a little, by using different types of thread. If you have threads or …

Bosnian stitch

Bosnian Stitch is a quick easily worked stitch that forms a zig-zag line. You can work it in a line, on a border, or over a crazy quilt seam or row upon row to become a filling stitch. Since its structure is a simple zig-zag line it is great fun …

TAST Week 43

So, let’s go on to the stitches for TAST week 43! The first is Knotted Cretan stitch, which is an interesting stitch – particularly if you use it to represent organic designs. It is a textured stitch that follows a curved line a well. And yet, because it is based on Cretan …

Interlaced Band

Interlaced Band is worked in two parts. The foundation stitches are two lines of Back stitch. Since the stitch is in two parts you can use this to your advantage as the second thread can be of a different colour or a different type of thread. You can use novelty …

Berwick stitch

Berwick stitch is also known as Looped Edge stitch and forms a line of upright stitches each with a knotted base. This is a quick and easy variety of buttonhole. You  can work it along the edge of an item and it will follow curves easily. Berwick stitch is equally …

TAST Week 40

For TAST Week 40, we have another two stitches that are worked on a grid.  Algerian Eye Stitch is often used in even-weave embroidery techniques. These include canvas work, pulled work embroidery, and forms of counted thread work. However, it has a simple structure which means it is easily adapted. …