Tast Stitch 94 – Portugese Stem Stitch
The first stitch I added this time is Portuguese stem stitch – not one I had heard of before! I enjoyed stitching this one. It is a stem stitch with almost a ‘whipping’ made between each stitch. This creates a knot like effect on the top of the stitch. It adds a nice bit of interest to ‘normal’ stem stitch. Having completed the area I thought best for this stitch, I’m now thinking I might add it to a few more areas.
TAST Stitch 8 – Chain Stitch and TAST stitch 14 – Stem Stitch
As I mentioned last time, I’m starting to run out of room to put some of the more elaborate stitches in. So I’m going back to some more ‘traditional’ stitches with some sections of this elaborate elephant. But it never hurts to practice any stitch does it!
After completing the squirrel’s tail on my Jacobean piece, I thought it might be nice to try and incorporate some of the ‘mixed stitches’ idea into the ‘swirly’ section of the elephant. Because I was going to combine stitches, I thought it best to avoid elaborate stitches, and chose the more traditional chain stitch and stem stitch.
TAST Stitch 15 – French Knots
There is something about this elephant that just seems to ‘need’ bling! And after stitching the swirls, I thought they needed something a bit ‘extra’.
So, out came the same metallic thread I used in the couching stitch, and I tried my hand at creating French knots using a metallic thread. I was prepared for this to be quite difficult, but I found it to be much like stitching a normal French knot. I didn’t get myself into any tangles as I had expected!
So the little elephant is making some slow progress. One night I sat down and looked through the TAST stitches to get an idea of what I would put in the various design elements, but I of course didn’t write it down and now can’t remember! So I will just progress with my rather vague idea of what I want it to look like. One thing I am finding however is that it does seem to need metallic threads or something to lift it if I am using DMC threads. So I might try incorporating silk blends or perle threads a bit more. He is quite elaborate, and I think that is why he needs the extra bling!
More on the elephant
If you would like to know more about the elephant, or any of the stitches or threads used throughout, you can find the information here. Or, you can of course just ask!
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The elephant will be back in three weeks for the next SAL update!