Tuesday, October 13, 2015

TAST Week 14: Stem Stitch

TAST Week 14: Stem Stitch

This week, I used a strand of white perle cotton and the stem stitch to create the snowy rolling hills for these trees.

Stem Stitch has become one of my favorite stitches.

I used it for the trunk and branches of the tree and for the fence in the landscape I embroidered for Donna in a CQI Snowball Swap.

Once I got the hang of making the stitches tight enough (this was a length issue, not a tension issue) to round curves, it became my favorite stitch for embroidering words. The quilt I finished at the beginning of the year gave me a lot of practice.

This fairly simple stitch can be used in so many lovely ways!

TAST stands for Take a Stitch Tuesday. It is a personal stitching challenge offered by Sharon B. on Facebook and on her blog, pintangle.com. You may read more about it here. This week, the stem stitch was introduced. If you follow the TAST Facebook group, you know there are some incredibly inspiring examples of these stitches being shared. Thank you, Sharon, for offering TAST!

Thank you for stopping by!


Pamela said...

Great examples Renee!

Katie said...

Beautiful stitch.

Queeniepatch said...

Stem stitch is certainly one of the most versatile, useful and enjoyable stitches there is, as you have shown with your beautiful work.
If rows of stem stitch are placed tightly together they are great for filling in large areas.

Gina said...

Great examples. I've yet to start on any of it but I am drawing out inspiration in my note book

Christine B said...

Lovely stitching Renee! I like the stem stitch too... such a useful stitch to master! Christine x

Anonymous said...

Renee, your "Beautiful" is beautiful! That's amazing. You do a great job with stem stitch. Probably all those tiny cross stitches helped. ;)

JennyPennyPoppy said...

Your stem stitched tree and fence were very nicely done and were beautifully done for your Beautiful word.