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Take a Stitch Tuesday Rerun – Week 1 Fly Stitch

Sharon Boggon has been running the Take A Stitch Tuesday (aka TAST) challenge on and off since 2007 and I’ve been wanting to join in for just as long. Well it only took me 8 years.


Here is my sampler for week 1, Fly Stitch.

Fly stitch hand embroidery sampler

I’ve decided to work my samplers roughly 20cm or 8″ square and just stitch whatever takes my fancy on whatever fabric I feel like. It’s all very technical! I’m thinking of backing each one with plain fabric and using them to practice various edgings on. I really like the idea of a box of sampler doilies to browse whenever I’m looking for an idea.

This week I concentrated on borders and layering, using lots of different textures stitched on a scrap of striped cotton.

Week 2’s stitch is buttonhole. I haven’t decided whether to use some evenweave linen or a scrap of Japanese rayon(silk?) that was in the same scrap bag as the striped cotton.

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


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