I also still had quite a few spaces to fill on my sampler, so I thought I would add a few of the stitches that have been published so far this year. I have added a link to each of the stitch names which will take you to Sharon's great tutorials for each of them.
The first of these was 'Magic Chain Stitch' which is a really fun stitch to work. I used cotton perle (8) in blue and pink to work this stitch.
Week 70 was 'Fancy Herringbone Stitch' which was also fun but, I should have read the tutorial properly before starting as I worked the little holding crosses with the vertical bar on top rather than the horizontal bar which gave me a few problems with the threading. I decided not to take it out though and will just live with it as it is on my sampler! I used blue cotton perle (8) thread for the base herringbone and holding crosses and variegated fine silk thread for the weaving.
Week 71 was 'Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch' which I really enjoyed. This is such a useful stitch and quite easy to get the hang of once your get a rhythm going. I stitched my sample using variegated fine silk thread.
Week 72 (the current week) is 'Basque Stitch'. I really loved this stitch. It is one I hadn't come across before but it was quick to work and gave lovely results with the variegated fine silk thread that I like to stitch with.
My sampler is looking a lot fuller now and I think it may be time to make it into another picture to hang with it's sister on my sewing room wall.
It is a special year for TAST this year as it is ten years since Sharon first published this series of stitches. To celebrate, Sharon is publishing a series of interviews with stitchers who have participated from all around the world. The first two interviews have already been published and you can read them on Sharon's blog here and here. It is great fun to understand the creative process of other stitchers and what stitching means to them, so the interviews are well worth reading.