TAST – Knotted Kretan Stitch

One more old TAST stitch: knotted kretan stitch.
Yes, I had an uncreative day. One fine day I’ll need to spend some more time with this stitch.

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TAST 20 -Butterfly Chain Stitch

er another old TAST stitch, butterfly chain. Did you notice how it is basically another twisted chain variant?

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.

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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?

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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.

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Wordless Wednesday -Water Avens (We Call it Drop of Blood Here)

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TAST 118 – Beaded Buttonhole Stitch

So I’m doing it again – posting a section from the middle of an unfinished sampler. It is about the current TAST stitch,beaded buttonhole stitch. I just wanted to post something current, even when I’m behind with the rest. Somehow, stitching is more fun than typing postings.

I never really liked to work with beads, it went too slow, was too much bling, and so on, and so forth…
Now, this TAST challenge stitch simply does not leave the alternative to do it non-beaded, so I try.

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The green row in the middle are short buttonhole stitches with beads. The mud-coloured bands above and below the buttonhole stitches are laced chain stitch. Since Sumptuous surfaces, I’m toying with different line stitches. However, this one is almost too fat for a line stitch.


TAST 111 – Zig Zag Coral Stitch 2

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.

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Wordless Wednesday – Globeflower (We Call it Troll Flower)

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My Sampler Project

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.

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And these are their upper ends, together with standard a match box for sizing.

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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..

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