I told you yesterday of my idea – a challenge for me and you. On every sunday starting the next, I will post a stitch description and a few examples for the use of that stitch. Every one who wants to stitch along does so, posts a picture on their blog and a comment to my original posting.
You can do a sampler, little samples or just use the stitch on whatever you happen to work on at the moment. There will be no official participant list and no preassure to take part every week. However, I would appreciate a comment here if you want to take part, so I know I’m not just talking to myself and a bunch of crawler bots here.
The fun will start with the first stitch next sunday, so you have time for any preparation you want to do. I have written a program for 12 Weeks, after that I will rethink if I go on with this or not. And maybe Sharon Bogon resumes her well-known challenge by then.
I miss embroidery of late, so I dug out one of my unfinished samplers. I found it needs some serious finishing work. I was made from a commercial linen band that is supposed to be ready to use. But…. the drawn thread seams are already coming loose. So, I have no choice but sew around it again in drawn thread stitch. And believe me, these days I do have other passtimes than endless hours of mindless sewing. So, chances are I’ll use some fabric from my stash again next time, when I have to do this anyway I can as well save some money. Since TAST, the old one stitch a week challenge by Sharon Bogon, is on hold now and has been so for some time I’ll have to decide how to proceed, until I’m done with the drawn thread work I will just document what I already have done last year. So this is what the seam of this band looked like after embroidering the band normally. and this is how it looks after working ordinary drawn thread stitch over it. By the way, here I have shown how to do this. And now there is the first part of the sampler, after finishing work was done at this part. I know, this is one of the parts of the sampler you have seen before, but I want to show it from beginning to end this time.
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.
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.
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.