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Embroidery Flashback – 10 Weeks of TAST

A quick flashback to ten weeks of the Take a Stitch on Tuesday embroidery challenge.

1: Fly stitch

Fly stitch hand embroidery sampler

2: Blanket and buttonhole stitch

Embroidered blanket stitch sampler. Embroidered blanket and buttonhole stitch sampler

3: Feather stitch

Embroidered feather sttch sampler with lines of different types of feather stitch and feather stitch shading Embroidered feather stitch sampler with seaweed and beading

4: Cretan stitch

Variations on cretan stitch embroidery with a woodblock printed tree Sampler with variations on cretan stitch embroidery.

5: Herringbone stitch

Embroidered sampler in herringbone stitch with flower and decorative borders

6: Chevron stitch

Embroidered sampler of chevron stitch for TAST week 6

7: Detached chain stitch

Embroidered sampler featuring detached chain stitch flowers, tree, geometric motifs, butterflies and borders.

8: Chain stitch

TAST Week 8, Embroidered Chain Stitch Sampler TAST Week 8, Embroidered Chain Stitch Sampler on a Spoonflower Fabric Swatch

9: Couching

Embroidered sampler with couched flowers, sun and bugs

10: Running stitch

Embroidered running stitch sampler on green fabric with white spots.

Ten weeks, fourteen 8×8 inch samplers. (Plus a few other projects)

Now I know why I have those callouses on my finger tips…

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Embroidered Running Stitch Sampler for TAST, Week 10.

This week’s Take a Stitch on Tuesday sampler is running stitch. Or I guess you could say it was last week’s and I just finished it.

Embroidered running stitch sampler on green fabric with white spots.

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This week I decided to combine running stitch with spotted fabric and see what patterns I could create.

Stitches include:

  • Basic running stitch
  • Laced running stitch (left and right borders, outer border on the centre medallion)
  • Double running stitch (bottom border)
  • Whipped running stitch (centre flower of the medallion)
  • Pattern darning (striped darning between the spots near the centre bottom)

I usually use threads bought at the local (and not so local) op shops* but this time I tried a new thread that I had treated myself to some years ago. I intended to use it for machine embroidery but my embroidery machine died of old age and I don’t intend to buy another one so I decided to use it for hand stitching. It’s a really lovely thread called Valdani Cotton from Romania. I bought mine from The Thread Studio in Queensland. You can see it in my sampler in the vertical stripe of 5 lines of running stitch on the left hand side, plus I used it double to write “running stitch” in back stitch. It’s a joy to stitch with, lovely and smooth with a nice sheen and the 35wt that I bought is strong enough for quilting. The colour I used seems to be discontinued “Midnight Roses v16” but the selection of colours available is quite extensive.

I love the movement and texture you can create with running stitch, especially the diamond shaped inner borders and circles.

Now on to the current week’s stitch! My fabric is already hooped and ready to go.

Some useful links:
TAST on Facebook
Sharron’s TAST FAQ on her website, Pintangle.
Free vintage stitch book downloads.
My TAST Pinterest Boards

*op shop is Australian for charity shop or second hand thrift store. Known as bric-a-brac shops for the most part if the proceeds don’t go to charity.

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TAST Sampler for Week 9, Couching

Embroidered sampler with couched flowers, sun and bugs

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This week’s embroidered sampler features various types of couching in a little flower garden scene.

For the border I used pattern couching (with plain couching on the right). Pendant couching and silk ribbon couched with French knots for the clouds.

The ground is worked in puffed couching and lattice couching. I always forget that you have to be very careful when laying the grid for lattice couching because it can go wobbly very easily so I left it wobbly to remind myself next time I try it. That, and I used up the last of my favourite dark brown and didn’t want to undo it and throw it away.

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This little basket of flowers is from a sample I worked earlier this year. I managed to fake making it straight by adding a little bit to the bottom of the basket on one side and added French knots to the spaces in the couching for added interest. You can download the pattern for free if you’d like to try it.

Embroidered basket of flowers

The rest of the sampler features a lot of couched spirals, with plain couched leaves (and chain stitch leaves on the little flowers), and couched satin stitch for the filling in the main flower.

On the right hand side of this week’s sampler there’s also a bit of couched ric-rac braid. Ric-rac can be couched in many different ways but my favourite is to run a line of thread up the middle and using a zig-zag stitch so you can barely tell it’s ric-rac underneath.

I couched a lot of ric-rac on this Dorset feather stitchery sampler that I made a few months ago.

Feather, chain and blanket stitch sampler

I’m really fond of couching so this week’s sampler was a lot of fun. Now, on to running stitch!

Some useful links:
TAST on Facebook
Sharron’s TAST FAQ on her website, Pintangle.
Free vintage stitch book downloads.

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TAST Week 8: Chain Stitch

I’m getting a little behind with my TAST samplers because I didn’t start last week’s stitch until Friday. Here it’s Thursday again and I haven’t started this week’s stitch yet. Hmmm.

First I tried some various chain stitch borders and a couple of circles.

TAST Week 8, Embroidered Chain Stitch Sampler

Variations include whipped, laced, back stitched, zig-zag, twisted, double, broad, whipped double, heavy, magic and linked double chain stitches. I used some to couch other threads and added stitches to others because they were a bit boring 😛

Then I decorated a Spoonflower swatch with whipped and detached chain stitch.

TAST Week 8, Embroidered Chain Stitch Sampler on a Spoonflower Fabric Swatch

I’d better get stitching on this week’s sampler!

Some useful links:
TAST on Facebook
Sharron’s TAST FAQ on her website, Pintangle.
Free vintage stitch book downloads.

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Detached Chain Stitch Sampler for TAST, Week 7.

This week’s Take a Stitch on Tuesday sampler is detached chain, or lazy daisy stitch. Since detached chain works so well with flowers, and flowers are one of my favourite motifs, I really had a blast.

Before I started I drew a selection of motifs using a Clover water erasable pen. I’m on my second one already. I use it a LOT.

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Embroidered sampler featuring detached chain stitch flowers, tree, geometric motifs, butterflies and borders.

There are many different variations on detached chain stitch but I only used a few because I wanted to concentrate on the motifs themselves, rather than working lines of different stitches.

On the full sampler I used lazy daisy to couch a thread on the top border. On the right in groups of three, threaded chain stitch on the bottom and twisted detached chain on the left. Other stitches include slipped detached chain stitch, berry stitch, picot stitch (long tack chain stitch in groups of four) and long tack chain stitch (also known as long tail or long tail chain).

Embroidered flowers worked in detached chain stitch, stem stitch and french knots

These flowers were inspired by one of the chapter headings in the updated version of Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches. I especially loved how full the leaves are and they make a great corner for borders. In fact, you could repeat them all the way along the border on a large project like a tea cloth or the bottom of a vintage inspired skirt.

Long tack chain stitch flowers with woven and french knot centres.

I worked long tack chain in groups of 5 and wove around the centres for these flowers.

Embroidered Chain Stitch Tree and Carrots

Another favourite idea I came up with was to turn slipped detached chain upside down with the little “leaves” pointing up to make carrots. For my tree I worked the detached chain leaves with a variegated green thread. I think it would look cute with little french knot apples or oranges too. I wonder what stitch would make lemons?

Butterflies worked in detached chain stitch

I think these butterflies look best in a thicker thread like all six strands of embroidery floss or size 5 perle cotton. At least I think that’s size 5. It might be size 3. I’m not sure because I dyed it many years ago and didn’t keep any labels 🙂

Other thoughts I had while working my sampler:

  • I think the suffolk puff/fabric yo-yo motif would look better with  smaller puff.
  • Flowers flowers flowers. I can never get enough of them.
  • I see a garden sampler in my future…

Oh, and I already used the butterfly on this birthday embroidery I did for Mr Knittingand! It’s his birthday today.

Embroidered medallion with black cat looking at a butterfly and a whipped chain stitch border

Some useful links:
TAST on Facebook
Sharron’s TAST FAQ on her website, Pintangle.
Free vintage stitch book downloads.

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