Archive for TAST

What I Have Been Doing Instead of Embroidering for TAST

I am several weeks behind on the Take a Stitch Tuesday embroidery challenge. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been inundated on a daily basis with creative outlets.

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(And, hopefully, I’ll have some time to catch up in the coming weeks.)

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Take a Stitch Tuesday: Bonnet Stitch

Week 27 of TAST involved the Bonnet Stitch. I was again pleasantly suprised at how accomodating this stitch was when it came to filling letters. I’m glad that my stitch sampler is something that I plan to hang on my wall when it is finished so I can constantly refer to these surprising stitches.

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And, with my new sheet of felt started this week, the second half of the project, so far:

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And, the first half:

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Take a Stitch Tuesday: Palestrina Stitch

The Week 26 challenge of TAST was the Palestrina Stitch. I really liked this stitch for lettering. It very obviously works well for curved lines!

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And the whole project so far:

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By the way, I find it interesting that, without any planning, measuring, guessing or anything, I have used up my first sheet of felt at the 26 week mark.

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Take a Stitch Tuesday: Cable Chain Stitch

Cable Chain Stitch was the TAST stitch for Week 25. It took me a second to get a rhythm going with this stitch, but once I did, I liked it as a stitch that works well for curved lines. And there are a lot of curved lines in lettering. (Pardon the lighting on these photos!)

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Take a Stitch Tuesday: Buttonhole Wheel

Can you believe that it is Week 24 of TAST? Neither can I! I really enjoyed the stitch this week. I thought it would be fun to incorporate the Buttonhole Wheel into each word that contained a letter “O” in the verse. Plus, I really liked the way that the Buttonhole Wheel stitch looked when I filled in letters with it. It kind of reminded me of a bunch of crocheted granny squares forming the letters.

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And the progress so far:

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Take a Stitch Tuesday: Knotted Cretan Stitch

TAST this 22nd week featured the Knotted Cretan Stitch. Hmm. What do I want to say about this week’s challenge. It was a challenge? I participate in this embroidery stitch challenge for fun. And to learn new stitches. This week was heavy on the “learning” and not so much on the “fun.” I had real difficulty interpreting the instructions for this stitch…and I do not usually have that problem. I had substantially limited time, so the added frustration of having to take time to figure out how to complete this stitch was not especially welcome.

BUT, I persevered!

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And the project, so far:

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Take a Stitch Tuesday: Butterfly Chain Stitch

Week 21 of TAST featured the Butterfly Chain Stitch. This week, my non-TAST life has been insanely busy, especially at the bakery where we celebrated our second anniversary by introducing cookie ice cream sandwiches and preparing for a television interview. But, I was determined to fit my TAST challenge in, anyway. I guess sometimes being stubborn is a good thing?

Anyway…this was a new stitch for me, again. At first, I thought it would be a good stitch for lettering because it had a clear center line running through it. But I soon realized that the butterfly effect was almost lost when I attempted to make the three initial stitches small enough to allow the center line to dominate.

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See how the three straight stitches kind of disappear, even though I worked them in a contrasting color to the chain stitch?

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So I tried to make the three straight stitches a little clearer with this next font.

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I think the general look this time was better representative of the stitch.

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And the sampler so far:

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(Does anyone else have an immediate mental connection to what you were listening to when you were stitching upon seeing your work again? I was listening to several episodes of “The Brady Bunch”–remember the one where Marcia gets braces? and when she meets Desi Arnaz, Jr.?–as I stitched and when I saw these again, my brain hollered, “Brady Bunch!”)

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Take a Stitch Tuesday: Bullion Knot

The Bullion Knot was the stitch challenge for week 20 of TAST. I really liked using these adorable little knots.

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First, I used the cute little wormy bullion knots end-to-end to form my letters.

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Then, I formed them into little “roses” and buds within the letters.

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The whole sampler so far:

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Take a Stitch Tuesday: Half Chevron

Week 19 of TAST had me experimenting with the Half Chevron stitch. And I do mean experimenting. First, I tried orienting the stitch’s base vertically in the letters.

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Then I tried orienting the stitch’s base horizontally.

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Finally, I tried placing the base around the curves of the letters.

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Here they are, side-by-side:

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And the whole project so far:

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Take a Stitch Tuesday: Crossed Buttonhole Stitch

TAST this (18th!) week featured the Crossed Buttonhole stitch.

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I really liked using this stitch with this particular font. I think I will use it again frequently!

Overall progress:

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