Friday, 5 July 2013

TAST #72 Wrapped Coral Stitch

After a week of rest from TAST it was time again to be challenged by a new stitch - #72 Wrapped Coral Stitch.

Look at my first stitches, in yellow, and compare them to the blue and green I made later:
Why do you think they are so wobbly?
The answer is, that I worked them in hand, without a hoop.
I do not always like using a frame or hoop. Some stitches are much easier to manipulate when the fabric is not stretched. That is not the case with the Wrapped Coral Stitch.
Once I had confirmed that and got a rhythm the stitch grew on me and I would say it is one of the most enjoyable TAST stitches I have learned.
So I played around with my Sharon B's cz stencils.
If you want to see what the others think of #72 go to Pintangle. That is also where you should go if you want to buy a set of stencils for yourself.

21 comments:

Julie Fukuda said...

You polished that one off quickly! I really like the way you used your new stencils to show it off.

Pamela said...

Nice examples! I usually work in hand, but after seeing yours, maybe I should try this stitch again with a hoop.

margaret said...

what a great way to use the stencils, mine arrived earlier this week and hope to have some time to start my CQJP block this weekend.The stitch is very effective

Lis Harwood said...

That is a gorgeous stitch :-)

Queeniepatch said...

Yes, I love it! It has rhythm and is quite fast once you get started.

Queeniepatch said...

I think the stencils are great, They are the perfect size for cq seams and the variety of combinations, well it must be almost endless.

Susan Hook said...

A nice use of the coral stitch, it does look better on the frame!

Queeniepatch said...

I, too, work in hand whenever I can, but the fabric kind of screamed out to me: Restrain me! So I had to put it in a straight jacket, ha, ha!
Do try again, you might like the stitch a lot better if its worked in a hoop.

Queeniepatch said...

It's only a SMALL piece! Because I liked it the work went smoothly and quickly.

Queeniepatch said...

Yes, doesn't it? Great fun to do as well.

latha said...

Great sample Queenie!! I have so many stitches to catch up on :(

Queeniepatch said...

This is a great stitch to start catching up with. I LOVE it!

Shami Immanuel said...

Looks pleasing. Beautiful.

Queeniepatch said...

Thank you, Shami!

Annet said...

Fun to see the difference with and without a hoop. The last 2 rows look almost like Rosette chain stitch. The wrapped coral stitch is a great outline for the paisley.

Queeniepatch said...

With all your expertise and experience you must have tried working with and without a hoop and seen how that affects the stitches. For me it was an eye-opener - still so much to learn!
You are right, #72 looks much like Rosette Chain Stitch. I'll make a test and work them next to each other and compare.

Lins Artyblobs said...

I don't like using a hoop either and I had problems with this stitch although I think it was as much to do with me not doing it correctly as well as it being hoopless. Your sample works well on the curves.

Queeniepatch said...

I often work on small scraps of fabric which don't fit in a hoop! The Wrapped Coral Stitch however, was easy peasy to work when stretched so I will have to take a leaf from your book and stitch smaller pieces together and make a 'patchwork' large enough for my hoop. You are right this is a great stitch for curvy lines.
Happy stitching!

JennyPennyPoppy said...

Definitely a great looking stitch. I prefer to work without a frame for the most part but sometimes one just has to.

Queeniepatch said...

When you fell you need three hands to do a stitch is the time to take out the hoop! Glad I'm not the only one who need to switch techniques.
Happy Stitching!

Anneliese said...

Thank you, Queenie for explaining the "Why" - and for commenting the "accidential mouse" -