Monthly Archives: January 2013

Post at Pintangle!

Hi, fellow stitchers!

There’s been a little concern over my little bitty blog in the TAST community. You may or may not have read any of it, but I just want to make sure you have the latest and best practices in place for sharing your stitch samples!

To assure that you can take advantage of all the talent in the TAST community, and see some of the amazing things that are possible with these stitches we are learning, be sure to visit Pintangle and post the link to your stitch sample in the comment section of whatever the current TAST stitch is. You will always find the latest TAST post at this link: http://pintangle.com/category/challenges/take-a-stitch-tuesday/  It’s a weekly stitch fest for anyone who puts up pictures of a TAST stitch sample that week!

Then, if you also decide to share that link here, you can put it on that stitch’s corresponding post at this blog. (Check the Stitch of the Week category on the sidebar.)

Remember that my main purpose in having this blog is to keep my place in the list of TAST 2012 stitches, and to have a place separate from my main creativity blog to post my stitch pictures. Sharing with others (YOU!) who are stitching through last year’s stitch list is just a bonus!

Gail

Stitch of the Week 3: Feather Stitch

Take a Stitch on Tuesday, January 29, 2013   Welcome to week 3!

Here is the SharonB’s Stitch Dictionary page with instructions for Feather Stitch.

Here are the Feather stitch variations listed on that page that are not future Stitches of the Week. If you like trying out variations, these would be the ones to work because you won’t see them later. (For your convenience, listed here to open in a new window)  There’s only 1 this week! But also notice the “Single Feather Stitch” at the bottom of the link above: you’ll see why Feather is considered a Buttonhole stitch variation! 

Here’s what SharonB wrote for TAST 2012 Week 3: Feather Stitch

Please follow her procedure and put a link to your published Feather Stitch pictures in the comments of the latest TAST post here. Just click the post title, and scroll down to the comment section!

You may post the link to your Feather Stitch photos in this comment section, no matter when you get it done, because if you are following this blog, you’ll have a bonus benefit…

If you miss a stitch but then are able to work it later, go ahead and put your link on the matching Stitch of the Week post.  Each week, I will round up ALL NEW stitch LINKS entered at this blog, whether they are from the current stitch or a past one. Yours won’t be lost back there on an old Stitch of the Week post! I will put them up Monday (noon-ish PST) in a weekly recap post, about 12 hours before I put up the Stitch of the Week.

Of course, I will be putting my TAST 2012 Re-run stitches right here on this blog, because that’s why I started it in the first place 🙂

Happy Stitching!

Gail

Recap Week 2

Here’s another weekly recap! What’s it for, you may ask? I will tell you 🙂

I will list all links to any stitch samples that were added during the previous week at this blog, every Monday around noon. The main reason I am doing this is for the stitchers who may have delays in getting their Stitch of the Week samples worked, photographed, and uploaded to the internet. I encourage you to add your link in the comments section of that particular Stitch of the Week even if it is “late” or you joined in the fun after this challenge had begun. 

Everyone will know that new links have been added to past stitches because I will re-post them here. We all deserve some feedback and applause, so click through, leave comments, enjoy the creativity!

New stitch sample links Jan 22 through today, all stitches:

http://kathysnest32.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/1015/

and my own Buttonhole Stitch samples for Week 2 (current). 

Week #3 — coming up in 11 hours!! 

Gail

My Buttonhole Stitch Samples

Buttonhole stitch samples, week 2 TAST re-run

Well, here they are… I did all the variations listed in the Buttonhole Stitch of the Week post. I am pretty familiar with this stitch as I have done many handworked buttonholes. But the variations — as they should — have so much potential!

Basic Buttonhole stitch

Buttonhole stitch — basic (4 strands floss)

Barb stitch -- 2 lines of buttonhole offset, then whipped.

Barb stitch — size 5 perle cotton. Getting the spacing of the 2nd foundation row to look halfway along the 1st foundation row means having to place the stitches off-center slightly. I think whipping with something larger/fluffier would end up looking nicer.

Berwick stitch -- knotted. Also Buttonhole bar

Berwick stitch — (green) floss. Subtle, but stable and interesting. (Buttonhole bar also below)

Closed buttonhole, edge

Closed Buttonhole — floss. Spacing and angle accuracy is critical! Ack.

Rosette of Thorns, top view

Rosette of Thorns -- buttonhole stitches clustered, edge view

Rosette of Thorns — size 3 perle cotton. I like this one, but that final stitch of each cluster looks awkward.

Buttonhole Bars. Also Closed Buttonhole (ivory) and Berwick (green)

Buttonhole bar — size 5 perle cotton. Trying to figure out why I would ever use this in CQ? (also pictured above with Berwick stitch)

Detached Buttonhole, first try and it shows!

Ummm, no. I will be better at this next time. I will.

Detached Buttonhole — size 5 perle. Obviously I had some issues with this one! Did not work a 2nd sample after all, but I can see that I crowded too many stitches onto the foundation, and pulled everything too tight at the start. Lesson learned!

And because I like to play with my camera and Photoshop, some artsy shots 🙂

Barb stitch, DOF play

Buttonhole bar and Berwick, DOF play

Happy Stitching! Week 3 is coming up!

Gail

Stitch of the Week 2: Buttonhole Stitch

Take a Stitch on Tuesday, January 22, 2013   Welcome to week 2!

Here is the SharonB’s Stitch Dictionary page with instructions for Buttonhole Stitch.

Here are the buttonhole stitch variations listed on that page that are not future Stitches of the Week. If you like trying out variations, these would be the ones to work because you won’t see them later. (For your convenience, listed here to open in a new window)

Here’s what SharonB wrote for TAST 2012 Week 2: Buttonhole Stitch

Please follow her procedure and put a link to your published Buttonhole Stitch pictures in the comments of the latest TAST post here. Just click the post title, and scroll down to the comment section!

You may post the link to your Buttonhole Stitch photos in this comment section, no matter when you get it done, AND…

* If you are following this blog, you’ll have a bonus benefit!

If you miss a stitch but then are able to work it later, go ahead and put your link on the matching Stitch of the Week post.  Each week, I will round up ALL NEW stitch LINKS entered at this blog, whether they are from the current stitch or a past one. Yours won’t be lost back there on an old Stitch of the Week post! I will put them up Monday (noon-ish PST) in a weekly recap post, about 12 hours before I put up the Stitch of the Week.

Of course, I will be putting my TAST 2012 Re-run stitches right here on this blog, because that’s why I started it in the first place 🙂

Happy Stitching!

Gail

My Fly Stitch samples

Fly Stitch samples

Fly Stitch has so many possibilities!

Fly Stitch, alternating up and down, with French knots. Lots of visual action.

Fly Stitch, alternating up and down, with French knots. Lots of visual action.

Threaded Fly Stitch: (L half) first pass (R half) both directions complete. All threading is done under Fly Stitch strands.

Threaded Fly Stitch: (L half) first pass (R half) both directions complete. All threading is done under Fly Stitch strands.

Closed Fly stitch -- foliage potential; rib lines could be fun to play with

Closed Fly stitch — foliage potential; rib lines could be fun to play with.

Reversed Fly Stitch -- one layer going one direction, another layer on top going the other.

Reversed Fly Stitch — one layer going one direction, another layer worked over top going the other direction.

Plaited Fly Stitch -- overlapping the arms.

Plaited Fly Stitch — overlapping the arms. I have an issue with even spacing obviously.

Some artsy shots 😉

Closed Fly Stitch, my favorite.

Closed Fly Stitch, my favorite.

Reversed Fly Stitch -- layers and dimension!

Reversed Fly Stitch — layers and dimension!

Plaited Fly Stitch

Plaited Fly Stitch

I certainly feel I know this stitch better even though I did it last year.

I need more variety of threads! Still haven’t done my shopping.

Gail

Recap Week 1

Here it is, our first weekly recap! What’s it for, you may ask? I will tell you 🙂

I will list all links to any stitch samples that were added during the previous week at this blog, every Monday around noon. The main reason I am doing this is for the stitchers who may have delays in getting their Stitch of the Week samples worked, photographed, and uploaded to the internet. I encourage you to add your link in the comments section of that particular Stitch of the Week even if it is “late” or you joined in the fun after this challenge had begun. 

Everyone will know that new links have been added to past stitches because I will re-post them here. We all deserve some feedback and applause, so click through, leave comments, enjoy the creativity!

New stitch sample links Jan 15 through today (all Fly Stitch, obviously)

http://kathysnest32.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/cq-color-and-composition-1-tast-re-run/

and my own Fly Stitch samples for this week.

Check out the featured 2012 stitchers of Fly Stitch — wow!! http://pintangle.com/2012/01/08/tast-week-1-highlights/

Newest Stitch of the Week — #2 — coming up in 12 hours!!

Gail