Tuesday, January 17, 2017

CQJP 2017 January Seams 4 & 5 - TAST 59 & 65

10 Year Anniversary of TAST!

This is the 10th anniversary for Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST), offered by Sharon Boggon at Pintangle.com.  To celebrate a decade of TAST, she will be restarting the series of stitches beginning next Tuesday, January 24th.  You may read more about her plans, some fun challenges, and about her new book HERE.

Personally, I am still catching up with the most recent set of TAST stitches. (Next time, I may make an actual sampler, so I do not find myself stumped wondering what current project the current stitch will work with...) I practiced two new stitches this week.

TAST Stitch 65: Top Knotted Buttonhole

I thought it would be fun to use the top knotted buttonhole stitch on a curve to embellish this crazy quilt seam. (You may click on any photo for a larger image.)

An edge on one of Sharon B.'s Crazy Quilt Templates Set 1 was perfect for what I had in mind. 

DISCLAIMER: I am not affiliated with Sharon B.'s templates, but I received a set in exchange for an honest review and do love using them!

Using a mechanical pencil, I lightly marked dots along the curves onto the block. (I did not want to fully trace the lines, as I was afraid they may not be fully covered by the stitching.)

The stitch was worked with size 12 DMC #B5200 snow white pearl cotton.

Although I could have stopped there, I wanted to dress the seam up more.

Five straight stitches were added around each "knot" with size 8 Presencia Finca #1724 perle cotton to create flower petals.

Three small white buttons were secured within the curves of the seam using a strand of DMC #604 light cranberry floss.

I really enjoyed working the top knotted buttonhole stitch and building this seam!

TAST Stitch 59: Woven Detached Chain Stitch

I had a hard time deciding how I wanted to work the woven detached chain stitch. So, I followed several of the links that were shared in the comments on the tutorial post in 2013. I fell in love with the flowers Isabelle shared HERE on her blog. 

Using a ruler. I found the center of this seam and placed dots at the start and end points for five petals.

I worked the stitch with size 8 DMC #605 very light cranberry pearl cotton.

I was not sure if I should start the detached chain stitch in the center or the outer edge of the petal. This one began on the outside, but I started the rest in the inner circle of dots.

After completing the first "petal", I moved on to the next until all 5 were done.

I could have left it as it was, but decided to dress it up more.

A 4 mm silver bead filled the center beautifully.

Evenly spaced colonial knots decorated the remainder of the seam.

These are both stitches I see myself using in the future.

Thank you for stopping by!

What is TAST?

TAST stands for Take a Stitch Tuesday, a personal stitching challenge offered by Sharon Boggon at Pintangle.com. You may learn more about it HERE. There is an active TAST group on Facebook where participants share photos of the work they create with each stitch.

Other posts related to this project include:

3. Seams 2 & 3 

My CQJP 2017 project may also be found on this Pinterest board.

Note: Post updated June 2017 to remove outdated links.


Christine Barnsley said...

Beautiful stitching as always Renee! I love seeing how everyone uses the TAST stitches.... always such fun to learn some new ones too! Christine x

Queeniepatch said...

Two lovely stitches here. The great fun with a stitch like the Top Knotted Blanket stitch is that it can be 'dressed ump' with a lot of other stitches.
The beauty of the Woven Detached Chain stitch is that you can make fantastic plants, leaves, flower petals and many other things with this stitch.

Katie said...

They look perfect! Great job working them in.

Tiffstitch said...

Beautiful! And I think I've done the 2nd one on the hardanger SAL I worked on last year, cool!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

They're both lovely seam treatments, but I have to admit I'm partial to the flower - it could be used in so many different ways.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! I especially like the wavy buttonhole. Your embellishment on that is just perfect.

crazyQstitcher said...

Love your addition to the top Knotted Buttonhole. It really enhances the stitch.
I also like your addition of links for the stitches used, where to purchase threads and the colour.

Annet said...

I like what you did to the top knotted buttonhole, it makes a great seam.

Renee said...

Thank you, Annet! Creating that seam was a lot of fun. :)