|2015 Sampler Needle Case Front|
If you have been following my blog for a while, you will know that I decided to finish up my sampler of TAST stitches for 2015 by making it into a needle case so that I could start a new sampler for 2016.
|Gail Pan 'Friends' Embroidery|
I had an idea in mind that I wanted to try for my 2016 TAST Sampler which, was to draw out a grid of squares/rectangles and fill each of the shapes with a new stitch each week. I was busy in my sewing room thinking of how best to set the shapes out when I glanced up at a little Gail Pan wall hanging that I made about this time last year called 'Friends' and realised that the background grid that is in the pattern would be perfect!
|2016 TAST Sampler Grid|
So, I pulled out the pattern and copied the grid onto some background fabric and then backed it with fine, fusible interfacing ready for the first new TAST stitch to be worked.
I filled the top left hand rectangle with three rows of cable chain stitch using perle cotton thread and then worked the interlacing between the rows using variegated silk thread. The interlacing is quite tricky to work unless the rows of cable chain stitch match up evenly, so I did have to re-stitch one of the rows but, I am happy with how it looks now. I worked a stem stitch around the outside of the box in the same variegated thread to finish it off.