The TAST Elephant Sampler
I can’t believe another three weeks has flown by! I’m sure I say that every time, but seriously, where has the time gone? I admit, my poor little elephant has been neglected, and without Claire’s prompt email (thank you for the few days warning!), I wouldn’t have made any progress! But, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been stitching. I’ve been working on a piece I will share with you tomorrow. But, as I discovered on Saturday morning, this is a great little project for just a few minutes of stitching once I’ve worked out what I’m doing, so a bigger effort will be put in for next check in. Maybe even three stitches to look at…
Inverted Feather Stitch
One of the advantages of not stitching along on a week by week basis with TAST is the ability to pick and choose whichever stitch takes your fancy. Certainly an advantage when you are working your sampler on a particular image!
After having a look through a number of the TAST stitches, I settled on TAST Stitch 60 – Inverted Feather Stitch. Sharon did point out that despite the name, it isn’t really a feather sititch, and I would have to agree! If anything, it is a variation on chain stitch.
Sharon recommended stitching this stitch in a twisted thread like a perle. I decided to follow this advice, and stitched it in a perle 5. To me however, this is a bit ‘heavy’. I feel I either needed to work it in an area where the stitches could be about double the size they are, or use a thinner thread. It just looks clunky.
For detailed instructions on how to work the stitch, I’ll let you head over to Sharon’s instructions. But in short, you create a chain stitch with a straight edge, and almost complete a box by creating a second chain stitch, but you have created a loop a little differently for the second stitch that forms part of the pattern.
This was a quick and easy stitch to get the hang of, and worked up quickly. It would probably look much better on something like a crazy quilt seam than in the small area’s I’ve stitched it, but overall I’m happy with my attempt. In the samples at the top of the legs, I was trying to keep in line with the stitches above it, so my squares didn’t quite work. And like a lot of the TAST stitches, it would have been easier on an evenweave!
But, that is one more area stitched, and one more stitch attempted!
Join the others!
Do make sure you head over and see what everyone else has been up to! There is always so much to see, and is a lovely time catching up with everyone. We are also excited to have Jackie join us. Welcome Jackie!
See you in three weeks for the next SAL update.