Wednesday, March 28, 2012

TAST2012 - Page 3





Thankfully, I've caught up on my TAST samples.  I don't want to get behind if at all possible, and of course, I only want these samples to be a simple teaching aid, nothing fancy, just the basics.  Well, what you see on Page 3 will reinforce that attitude because that is what you get, plain and simple...........LOL.

Week 9 saw us working couching, something I've done without really thinking about it.  It's always just been a means to an end, ie get the thick/bulky thread onto the background!!  Of course, it comes into it's own in Jacobean work, where all sorts of patterns are created by varying the laid threads.  Mine is VERY basic.


We then 'progressed' to running stitch, and another adventure with so many possible variations.  In my sample I worked a section using two shades of the one colour.  This particular 'pattern darning' is called damask darning.  We often take this very easy stitch for granted.


The whipped and woven wheels are always most exciting.  I really should have worked my sample in a hoop prior to cutting out the little piece.  I didn't do much with this, simply because time has not been kind to me lately.  I like whipping, and I adore weaving, and like to use both in my work.


The last stitch was something new to me, albeit a variation on twisted chain stitch.  It is called barred or alternating barred chain.  It's lovely to work, and I can see I'll be making use of it in the future.  These lines by themselves form quite a nice pattern, useful for borders, thorny stems, and such.  I even admired the way the thread looked at the back!!  If you would like to see how the stitch is executed, there are some examples here.  You will also be able to view some of the more creative ways the TAST2012 participants have used it. 

9 comments:

Anneliese said...

Your stitch book will be wonderful, neat, orderly. And the stitches in them are not at all simple. I love the running example, and the whipped wheels. I love also the couching. It will be a real primer for future generations!!

DIAN said...

Linda, I love the way you are doing the TAST. I am so far behind that I am not sure I will catch up. I like the fact that you are letting the stitches shine through without too much fuss.

Thanks for the email today. So good to be in touch - I hope we will chat on the phone next week.

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Linda, All your stitches are so perfect and lovely. This will be wonderful teaching tool. Hugs Judy

Sandy said...

I love your samples. It's going to be a great teaching aid.

Katherine said...

They're not plain! They are gorgeous! I have decided that I am giving it away as I am just not really happy with what I was doing and how many ATCs do I really need done as stitch samplers anyway LOL

Radka said...

Simple, but beautiful presentation, Linda, and so well stitched. Sometimes less is more :)

Jen said...

Linda you are so clever,with the stitching it is really beautifully presented. The whipped and woven wheels are so impressive. It looks really hard to do all the stitches.

Jensters said...

Your stitching is so neat and wonderful Linda....i owe you an email x

Robin Mac said...

Gosh Linda, I have been very slack about reading blogs lately, I completely missed the previous one with the lovely picture of brolgas. I just love them and of course I don't see them very often here. Your stitching is so neat and the samples look really good. I will email you soon. Chers