Week thirteen of the TAST Challenge hosted by Sharon Boggon at Pin Tangle is the satin stitch. Over on Sharon's blog she gives links to tutorials for three different types of satin stitch as well as a great tutorial on how to bind and use an embroidery hoop.
On my sampler this week I added five satin stitched circles using some of my favourite variegated silk threads, which are hand dyed by Stef Francis.
Satin stitch is not one of my favourite stitches as I find it difficult to get looking tidy (and I am very big on stitches looking tidy!) so I don't often use it. However, I do love the texture of it. It is so tactile.
In my view, it is a stitch which benefits greatly from being worked in a hoop and it does improve with practice.
I used to think that you needed to try and pack the individual straight stitches as tightly together as you possibly could in order to achieve a nice, neat, shiny satin effect but, I have come to realise that keeping the straight stitches consistent and straight and, your stitch tension even, is far more important. My circles are not perfect but they're not too bad either!
Talking of stitches.... I am off to the Knitting and Stitching Show being held at Alexandra Palace tomorrow. It looks like it could be fun.... I'll let you know!