Last night I finished another page for my stitch sampler fabric book. It’s a long term project which I’ve based on last years 100 TAST stitches on Pintangle. Sharon from Pintangle has just started another TAST (Take a Stitch Tuesday) so if you fancy learning a new stitch each week, follow the link.
I started this page when we were visiting family in Weston just before Christmas. I’d not heard of Chevron stitch before but I really like it. The basic stitch is the one on the top row, which doesn’t look anything exciting, but it can then be layered, stacked into diamonds, embellished with other stitches or beads. It took me a bit of time to get my head around the maths with this stitch, especially when changing size or proportions.
I also learned Half Chevron stitch which I like even more! I love the geometric patterns you can make with it. The deep border is inspired by one of Sharon’s photos on Pintangle, in fact I think it’s the photo that first really piqued my interest in TAST. I just love this border, especially in the variegated thread. This thread is DMC 4025, it’s a nice gentle mix of blues and teals. I think it would also look stunning in a more striking variegated thread.
I’ve stitched seven pages now, I think once I’ve done about three more I’ll start stitching them together, I don’t want to be left with a whole book to stitch up at the end! I also think seeing the book take shape will spur me on to stitch more pages.
Sharon is also running a new project called Beyond TAST, where each month you experiment with just one stitch, see what you can do with it. January’s stitch is running stitch, it’s surprising what you can create with such a simple stitch, there’s some beautiful examples on facebook. I might just make running stitch my next page of the stitch sampler.