Sunday 23 April 2017

Take-A-Stitch-Tuesday takes a break.....

This week (and next week) the TAST Challenge hosted by Sharon Boggon at Pin Tangle is taking an Easter break so there are to be no official stitches posted.  This gives those who are a few stitches behind time to catch up and also everyone a little family time over the Easter holiday.

However, Sharon very kindly shared on her blog a special Easter bonus stitch called 'Slipped Cable Chain Stitch'.  It is a very pretty stitch and I couldn't resist adding a line of it to my sampler even though it isn't an 'official' TAST stitch.

It is a combination stitch and the base stitch is a cable chain stitch.  I stitched my cable chain in green perle cotton (8) thread.  I then slip stitched using variegated silk thread.  It gave a lovely result.  You can find Sharon's post about this Easter bonus stitch here.

For those who were up-to-date with their TAST stitches but couldn't resist some more stitching, Sharon also issued a challenge to be carried out during the two week break.  I fall into the category who just can't resist some more stitching, so I have completed the challenge.  You can find the details on Sharon's blog here. Basically, you had to use three stitches already released on TAST and create a little embroidered project with them.

For my three stitches I used stem stitch, fly stitch and bullion knots and I created this little wisteria vine.  

I drew the vine using one of Sharon's stencils (I bought a set a couple of years ago when I was making my crazy quilt) and stitched the stem using a variegated, over-dyed, six-stranded cotton embroidery floss and the stem stitch.

The leaves were stitched with exactly the same thread and a fly stitch and the blooms were also stitched with the same type of thread but in a different colour variation.

It was a fun challenge!  I had a lovely Easter with various members of my family but they are all back at work/university now.  I hope you all had a nice Easter too.

By the way, don't forget to pop over and read the latest TAST interview in the series to celebrating 10 years of TAST on Sharon's blog.  It was published earlier this week.


  1. Well you were certainly up to th3 challenge, your little embroidery is beautiful!

  2. Your little wisteria vine is really pretty! xx

    1. Thanks Janet! It was a lot of fun to stitch! Hope you have a good week! Chrissie xx

  3. Liebe Christine,
    wieder ein ganz bezaubernder Stickstich! Ich wusste bisher nicht das es solche Schablonen zum Sticken gibt, aber je mehr ich darüber nachdenke, um so mehr Sinn macht es!
    Liebe Grüße

  4. It is Anzac day here in New Zealand and the slipped cable chain stitch reminds me a bit of a wreath. I like it.
    Those stencils are cool, they look easy to use. I love the wisteria - I miss my large purple one from my previous garden.

  5. Beautiful stitching, Christine!
    Your wisteria is amazing, and such gorgeous colours! Was this DMC stranded? And is this a new sampler?
    Barbara x

  6. So pretty! What are you going to do with the wisteria wine? Have a nice week, Ariadna.

  7. Oh my goodness--I love the vine! It's so beautiful! The stencils look like a really good investment--I'm sure they come in handy. Happy Stitching!

  8. Hi Christine. Wow your stitching is amazing and I haven't seen a lot of these stitches,well done xx

  9. Love the wisteria vine Christine!

  10. your wisteria vine is lovely! So pretty!

  11. What fun challenge stitching this time - I've never seen the Slipped Cable Chain stitch so I definitely learned something!

  12. Lovely pretty the wisteria is. The variegated threads look so lovely for these stitches. Happy weekend Christine.
    Helen xox


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