TAST Stitch 75: Raised Herringbone Band
I am still catching up with some of the TAST stitches that did not easily work into projects I was working on as they were introduced.
It is a bit difficult to see in this photo, but after piecing this crazy quilt stocking for my son, I realized I forgot to trim the selvage from the solid blue fabric and that it was showing beneath the blue striped fabric. Rather than ripping the seams out, cutting the selvage off, and sewing the fabric back in place, I decided I could easily hide the selvage with a ribbon, trim, or with embroidery. The raised herringbone band came to the rescue!
First, I stitched the foundation with straight stitches using size 8 blue perle cotton.
Next, herringbone stitches were added with a light blue size 8 perle cotton thread. (I used the stripes in the fabric above to measure the distance between my stitches to keep them relatively even.)
Two strands of a variegated blue cotton floss were then laced through the herringbone stitches, as I wanted that to be rather subtle.
When I finished, my husband entered the room and peeked over my shoulder. He said it looked cool. I thanked him and said the blue foundation stitiches were the most time consuming. His response was hilarious.
"Wait, that dark blue is all stitched? Seriously?" he asked, taking a closer look. "That's insane. There has to be a faster way," he said.
I explained there were faster ways. I could have used ribbon or another trim beneath the herringbone stitches, but then it wouldn't be the raised herringbone band.
He shook his head, mumbling something about that being ridiculous or insane.
"So... you don't like it?" I asked, trying not to laugh.
His eyes grew wide and he shook his head.
"Are you kidding me? I think it looks amazing! But that's just crazy," he replied.
One person's crazy is another person's fun, I guess! (Perhaps that is why it is called crazy quilting?!)
Thank you for stopping by.
TAST stands for Take a Stitch Tuesday. It is a personal stitching challenge offered by Sharon B. at pintangle.com. You may read more about it here. There is also a TAST Facebook group you may find here.
The next round of TAST will begin in January. There will be TAST for beginners and Beyond TAST, for those that have completed TAST in the past. You may read more about plans for TAST next year here.
For those of you that may be interested in joining TAST next year, Sharon shared a great article about the supplies you will need. She shared several money saving ideas. You may find that article here.