This week’s TAST stitch was barred and alternating barred chain.
It was a prickly stitch in more ways than one. It really does have a mind of it’s own. When I first saw it I thought whatever I was going to interpret for this stitch it had to be something spiky or prickly. A few things ran through my mind – cactus, barbed wire, birds nest, rose branches and crown of thorns. After a search on Flickr (gotta love flickr) I decided to go with cactus.
The cacti are done in all types of thread, mostly 2 strands of DMC and Shirley gave me the blue wool which was perfect for the border. Thank you Shirley, you are so wise with these types of things.
The colouring on the background is done with Prismacolor pencils and heat set. (I hope).
You can see more samples on Sharon B’s pintangle site. Also have a look at the photos on Stitchin’ Fingers – there is so much inspiration on that site and you can join up and look further too. Check out work by Luiz Vaz he is a real master of embroidery!!!