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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Take A Stitch Tuesday Week 1... Fly stitch

Here is my first TAST effort: Week One- Fly Stitch. Sharon Boggon's Take A Stitch Tuesday challenge to explore various embroidery stitches looks like it's going to be lots of fun. There are over 500 participants from all around the world (wow!) ranging from beginners to very experienced. If you'd  like to see what types of things people are stitching, just visit here and click on "Comments" at the top of the post. Then as you scroll down through the comments, you can click on participant's links to see their work. I was amazed at how creative some people can be with one simple stitch. This week I have chosen to do a "stitch sampler", exploring variations of the Fly Stitch. Depending on the stitch each week, I may try other things...we'll see. The stitch samplers I do in this challenge will be added to my Stitch Sampler binder, with each row of stitch and variations noted, and threads used listed for future reference.

I had fun this week trying to see how many ways I could do the Fly stitch - by changing up the length of the tie stitch, making the stitches wider or narrower, stacking, layering, reversing, etc. Even just a change of thread weight can give a different look...
It's too late to "officially register" for this challenge, but if you are interested in improving your embroidery skills and learning some new stitches, you could do your own stitching and still follow along to see what others are doing. Sharon gives excellent instructions and step by step photos for learning each stitch. Her online stitch dictionary here is truly a gift to the stitching world! Why not pick up that needle?

Peace,
Linda

The embroidery needle- a good needle to be addicted to...

15 comments:

Rose Mary said...

Linda I really liked your stitch sampler on the fly stitch. Great job and loved the colors.

Jules said...

Your work is so beautiful and neat and i'm so impressed with your stitch samplers!

bluemuf said...

Your sampler is lovely

Miriam said...

A nice and neat collection, a good idea to collect stitches this way!

GailM. said...

Wonderful. I think the fly stitch has to be one of my favorites.

Susan said...

Your stitch sampler is great. I decided to make one to add it to my Carole Samples stitch samplers, and it's fun to see how yours is both like mine and different. You have more varieties on yours, and I enjoyed a couple I hadn't thought of.

Dianne said...

This is such a very neat sampler of fly stitches and some very creative ideas for using it.

Linda H said...

Thank you all for your kind comments. I think this Challenge is going to be lots of fun all year long. And we will meet so many new stitching friends!!

Chris(craft) and Dave(photos) Richards said...

Hi linda, I love your sample piece,
such lovely ideas to inspire us all !
love and hugs
chris richards
ella's craft creations !
xxxxxxxxxxx

Lorraine@creativedaily said...

A lovely collection of variations!

Rachel said...

Well done - easy to refer to an a good demonstration of the various applications of the stitch!

Kathleen said...

You are so talented. I love your stitching. Kathy

shirley said...

Your samples of fly stitches are very creative and interesting Linda. Your stitch journal will be a real heirloom.

Thearica said...

Your fly stitch work is great! I didn't get started this week due to being out of town for the holidays and cannot wait to get home and start!

I also want to take a moment to invite you over to my blog to read about a quilt show I am hosting live on my blog beginning Feb 1. The show is called Crazy Quilts Are Quilts Too. The show is designed to bring awareness to all of us crazy quilters and the work we do! There are a host of fantastic prizes to be won! Hope you will come check out the information and hopefully participate!

www.pigtalesandquilts.com

Barbara Hagerty said...

Your fly stitch sampler is wonderful, Linda! Love your variations!

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