Friday, 17 July 2015

Taking A Stitch Tuesday - TAST

Some of you will remember that I attempted TAST a few years ago. I'm delighted to say that  it's running again, and started on  - Tuesday! :) It's all explained here. Whether or not you're an embroiderer I  thoroughly recommend popping over to Sharon's wonderful blog Pintangle , for a visual feast  - and lots of interesting articles about creativity.

Oddly enough, this re-run of TAST has come just at a time when I have been focusing on how I use thread -  and where I'm going with my embroidery.  Plus, my embroidery ladies have been asking about making samplers! There is no such thing as coincidence, eh?

I'll be dipping in and out of the challenge to get inspiration, and stretch myself a bit. The lovely thing about this is that embroiderers at all stages can join in and learn from each other.

Here's my mini project for Week 1,  Fly stitch


Embracing the wonkiness as it had to be done free hand - but never mind!  I enjoyed being stretched   having to focus on a stitch I  rarely use. I'd never realised the couching/overlaying possibilities of Fly stitch before -  I almost never do borders, but  had great fun with the variations.  I'm not quite sure what I'll do with any samples, but suspect I'll opt for a book.

Had to add Chinese Knots of course  - love them sooooo much. 

9 comments:

Unknown said...

Oohs couching, never thought about that, off to have a play.

Starr White said...

Perhaps I should pop over there and have a look. Creativity is on vacation at the moment, and this might just get the juices going again :)

Anonymous said...

I'd never thought couching either - now that has got me very interested!

sharonb said...

Hi Jules love the wonkiness too !

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Loving it! Love all the fun things you are posting Jules. Yay!!!!

Tammie Lee said...

so sweet
i do love embroidery

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Wonderful stitchery Jules, never would have thought to use fly stitch for couching (probably because I couldn't do a fly stitch if my life depended on it LOL) Looking forward to watching for your TAST makes and know that whatever you do with your samples, it will be lovely. Happy stitching!

Rachel said...

Nested fly stitches make for a great dragon-scale effect, too, or if you nest them below a chain stitch you could get leaf shapes. I'm beginning to realise just how little we tend to take advantage of the potentialities of our stitches... TAST will give you a great opportunity to explore!

Shashi Nayagam said...

Free hand is always so charming. I love it