Long ago, in my pre-blogging days, I used to do a lot of stitching, mainly cross stitch and some blackwork. Back then, it was the sort of pick-up-put-down portable work that knitting has been, for me, lately. Every now and again I find odd pieces mixed in with fabric scraps and I sew them into a cushion or something but I remember the stitching was always slow going and, as I found when I was asked to sew a verse on a bridesmaid’s handkerchief for a friend of my daughter’s a couple of years ago, my eyesight is no longer so keen as it was.
So it has been years since I have felt the slightest inclination to stitch again, let alone embroider something for its own sake. And long may that have continued had I not chanced upon a photo of an embroidery stitch sample book by the wonderfully talented Maya Matthew from Million Little Stitches. Do check out the link and then I’m sure you will be able to understand my unexpected stitching obsession! Then, as happens in blogland, one thing led to another and I found myself at Pintangle contemplating whether to join TAST (Take a Stitch Tuesday)…And to cut a long story short, I have embarked on three stitching projects and I am basically following the TAST stitches – though I am very far behind and may never catch up. I have started my first piece with the 2018 image from my Makery Log and I plan to have this as a ‘Year of Stitches’ project and possibly add it to the Unexpected Alphabet (‘A’ for ‘a year in stitches’?).
The first ten TAST stitches are:
TAST Stitches by number
- Stitch 1: Running Stitch
- Stitch 2: Buttonhole Stitch
- Stitch 3: Fly Stitch
- Stitch 4: Detached Chain Stitch
- Stitch 5: Herringbone Stitch
- Stitch 6: Chain Stitch
- Stitch 7: Feather Stitch
- Stitch 8: Stem Stitch
- Stitch 9: Cretan Stitch
- Stitch 10: Couching
And, so far, I have used half cross stitch (not on the list), running stitch, buttonhole stitch and stem stitch.
And for my second project, I am making a linen stitch sampler book, in which I will follow along with ‘Beyond TAST’ and maybe add anything else that happens to appeal to me.
- Season 1: Running Stitch and exploring pattern darning
- Season 2: Isolated stitches
- Season 3: Couching and laidwork
It took a good deal of setting up!
And, so far, I have only done a Running Stitch page…
I should probably mention that I am thinking of this as fun learning project and hoping to improve over time!
Lastly, I have a little secret stitching but here is a little peek. I don’t really have time to do this but I so love this cursive alphabet…
So, all in all, I’ve had some very pleasant sewing evenings.
I wish you a very happy weekend :)
Janine @ Rainbow Hare