At the beginning, I did it wrong, trying to make it a normal chain variant. Then I learned and explored its usefulness for formal bands. During the first few rows I tried it as a regular chain stitch variant.
Then, I tried to do it in a more random way. I was not entirely convinced. But this did get my imagination going. how about doing this as bark of a tree?
The next sample was about as random, only I used wool thread that gives a good coverage for most of the ground stitches. I like this much better, although the first random version is probably better for bark.
Zig zag coral stitch was a TAST stitch some time ago. I just realized I did not post my last sample of it.
My first tryouts of it are here.
It is a wild tangle of stitches with no rhyme or reason, in different yarns. I wanted to see weather I can do something other with it than decorative bands. it does not look too bad, but in the end it is just a wild tangle of threads. Probably I will get back to this stitch one day, but not now. Not all stitches are equally inspiring.
By the way, I’m trying to tidy my blog a bit more, give good tags to things and such. I created a page that links to all my TAST stitches, well, the few I’ve done.
Some time 2008 I started my first band sampler, after failed grandiose plans of one big sampler for each TAST stitch 2007. It didn’t get finished because another TAST started for which I made a new sampler. This one got lost at some point. 2011 I started another band sampler. by that time Sharon bogon’s big sampler was already online to inspire me. I very much loved the concept of life-long sampling, but always working in the same format, on more or less compatible materials? I could not bring myself to do that.
Now, my idea was to create a lot of band samplers of approximately the same length, and just hang them together. I even tried to kind of coordinate the color shemes of the new samplers to make this feasible.
Another idea was to include samplers of other fiber crafts, like knitting, but I’m not quite sure about that.
Another thing I’m not sure of is weather I should makes them all the same length or have some variation. I guess time will tell.
Now here are the samplers, side by side.
And these are their upper ends, together with standard a match box for sizing.
I have shown parts of them because of TAST, but nor always in the right order. one fine day I will start documenting them as whole, maybe when the first one gets finally finished.
Below the fold there are some more pics. By the way, I started 2 more bands since I took the pics for this posting. But they are for another day..