TAST #64 is another Buttonhole stitch, the Top Knotted Buttonhole. It is not difficult, but a bit fiddly.
On my sampler I first made a simple row of stitches in pale Perle 5, then worked a row of orange, uneven, free-growing stitches in a tricky thread from Oliver Twist, a very beautiful but twisty thread!
enoki mushrooms, railing, flowers, weed, writing, WRITING! How about using detached Top Knotted Buttonhole stitches in all directions, angles and heights, upside down, back to front and double, and wouldn't it somehow resemble Thai script? I just had to try it out!
To anyone who can read Thai - this is just imaginative writing - I do apologize if you feel I have misused the language. It is meant to look like a poem.
Every character is made up of TAST #64 stitch + a few Straight and Pistil stitches.
As you can see the 'Thai' poem is mounted on a card. I wrote about how to use cardboard to mount pictures here.
I had a lot of the other TAST projects unmounted and spent some time making them up.
For storing, I wrap the cards in acid free tissue paper and keep them in a box. See a corner of such a parcel in the bottom right corner.
However, before putting them in my Embroidery Archive, I display these cards around the house. The Thai Poem is now leaning against a pot plant.
My philosophy is that the more we have on display, the less we see. That's why I like to have just a few quilts or embroideries on show at a time and then change them around.
A good time to switch decorations is of course when we celebrate an event or the season is changing. Why have a Hallooween quilt on show then the cherry trees are in full bloom?
Why not have something with a heart around St Valentine's Day?
How about a theme, all the Blackwork you own on display in one room, the canvas cushions grouped together on the sofa, on a side table a collection of ATC cards in May make way for some pincushions in June...
I also like to have a bit of 'eye candy' when I open a cupboard door. Here, another TAST card is nestling with some socks in the cupboard. It makes me smile every time I open the door.
To me this is a great way to enjoy those small 'useless' items we have. Haven't you heard the question: 'But what's it for?' when you show a mini quilt or doily to someone who is not into needlework. To me the answer is: 'Visual Delight'.