Just popping in to add my week three and four progress for the TAST (Take A Stitch Tuesday) Challenge run by Sharon from PinTangle.
|Feather stitch and variations|
The feather stitch is one of my favorites. I like the airiness of it. I must confess though that I haven’t used it very much. I tend to stick to a few basic stitches in my work. That is changing as I work on my other projects. Here is what I have for the feather stitch (left to right). Single feather, double feather, chained feather, closed feather, Spanish knotted feather, and maidenhair stitch. My favorite of these is the Spanish knotted feather although it doesn’t show that good in the photo. As I’ve stated before I am left-handed and sometimes have trouble figuring out how to do the stitch. The advice given by others especially right-handed embroiderers does not work very well for me. So I have to experiment and as you can see from my samplers I don’t always get it right to begin with. The other thing I have noticed in the written books that I have is they don’t always tell you how to end a row. Again I don’t do my best when I am trying to follow the holes in the weave of the cloth.
|Cretan stitch and variations|
This week we were given the Cretan stitch to play with. I did the basic and a few variations. Included in my sampler are the Cretan stitch, open Cretan stitch, Scottish Cretan stitch, knotted Cretan, and raised Cretan. I really like these last two. I had some difficulty with the Scottish one so will have to practice it some more. You can work it as a single stand alone stitch or in a group. The end of the sampler shows my practice using the Cretan stitch on a sort of leaf shape and then the bottom has an open Cretan filling stitch which I like.
I haven’t used these stitches on an actual piece of work yet like I did the fly stitch and the buttonhole stitch. I plan to use the first four stitches on my first crazy quilt block for the CQ challenge. It’s due up by Tuesday so I’d better get to stitching. Be back later with the results of that plus some WIP’s to show you.