While reading through Sustat's blog,
I loved the idea of her TAST
that she was doing, so I went to the group and joined in :)
Like her little book she has made, I have had one for
a few years for crocheted and tatted samples,
and so it was completely appropriate to make a little stitch sampler for
The first stitch for this last Tuesday was the Fly stitch, and here is my sample.
I used no other stitch other than the fly stitch, and some beads. I know
it is rather simple, but it is pretty, and fits just fine on my little sample page :)
Here is the little sample book and coordinating thread book I made.
I used scrap material for the cover, and unbleached muslin for the pages,
I will embroider or embellish every 2 pages facing each other,
and then the back sides, where the stitches are with the knots, they will
be sewn together, and you will not see them, so I will be left with a nice clean
hand made picture book. Until each page is completed though, the
edges of each page is left raw. I haven't decided if I will leave a frayed edge on the
pages or if I will finish each page with a blanket stitch.
The first thing I did was cut 4 rectangles, sew all around them, turn them inside out, iron
flat, and then make a decorative stitch around the edge. I cute 2 rectangles for each
little book I made.
Next I cut the pages from the muslin, the same size as the original rectangles for the
book cover. Then I took 6 pages at a time and stacked them as evenly as possible
and sewed them right down the middle.
Next I stacked 4 of these mini books together and sewed them together before
adding them to the cover, and then I added a blanket stitch design on the
"spine" of my little book and wove some floss in just to give it some more design.
For the complimentary little thread book, so I will always be able to take
a project in the car or something, I used the other cover I made, and I cut
several rectangle pieces of felt to put inside, sewed them down simply and put
And here are my 2 wonderful little projects I did this week, and you already saw my
first stitch I put in, at the beginning of the blog entry :), the fly stitch.
Happy tatting, happy stitching, and happy crafting.