TAST Week 2

TAST Week 2 The stitch for TAST week 2 is Fly Stitch. I made the sample above using 5 layers of chiffon and netting stitched over with mainly Fly Stitch. Much of the grass/reeds areas are also fly stitch. I mixed the thickness and type of threads to give variety …

TAST Week 1

Welcome Happy New Year! It’s the start of a new TAST challenge — TAST week 1. First, let me welcome you all to Take a Stitch Tuesday for another year! I hope everyone is energised and up for it. I am certainly looking forward to seeing what everyone does this year. …

Laced Herringbone Stitch

Laced Herringbone stitch is a line of Herringbone that is laced with a thread. Most often I use a contrasting thread. Lacing any embroidery stitch with a contrasting thread or ribbon quickly creates an interesting variety. You can lace with novelty threads and yarns. Metallic threads can be very effective …

A Free Book of out of copyright designs

A Book of designs by Mrs Watson — a 154-page collection of inked designs — was published in 1824. Design sources like this provide literally hundreds of patterns to work in embroidery, either as-is or for you to adapt to your projects. Better still, you can use these designs as …

Whipped Back Stitch

Whipped back stitch creates a slightly raised line which is simple, quick and easy to work. It is ideal for use in children’s sewing projects and suitable for beginners. This stitch works well for lettering and motifs with tight curves. If a heavy, thread in the same colour as the …

Whipped Barred chain stitch

Whipped Barred chain stitch is an interesting variety of Chain stitch. The whipping forms a firm central line to the stitch. Just like chain stitch, whipped Barred chain stitch is a linear stitch that will follow curves well, is easily worked on many types of fabrics, and is suitable for …

Fresh off the hoop

Bold colours! I often stitch up a small area in a colour scheme that I think might be interesting. This is my latest and since it is fresh off the hoop, I thought I would share it. At first I thought this colour scheme was a little too bold to …