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TAST Week 34 – Detail 386 to 388 August 21st, 2007

TAST Week 34 is Portuguese Stem Stitch…I used Portuguese stem stitch on several of the seams joining the blocks of mum’s memory quilt and I really liked the rhythm of this stitch.

Portuguese Stem StitchTo try something different I used a thick metalic thread, all it gave was a thick line with no sign of the lovely shell shapes it forms with some threads.

I did another row with a thick cotton thread and you can see the Pattern in the stitch…I realized that when I stitched this second stitch I was taking a much longer stem stitch so that the wraps only cover part of it which creates a line that varies in width, I think it also accentuates the shell shape that I see in the pattern.

Portuguese Stem Stitch

I then tried the metalic thread with a longer stitch…It is a little better but the pattern in the stitch doesn’t seem to show with the metalic thread…Portuguese stem stitch is a thread dependant stitch and if you don’t like it in one thread it is still worth trying other threads.

Portuguese Stem Stitch

2 Responses to “TAST Week 34 – Detail 386 to 388”

  1. Amy Says:

    I am enjoy your gallery of stitches. I am working on a larger cq wall quilt and will be visiting your blog when I am pondering my next seam embellishment.

  2. Susan Says:

    I love the middle one. Maybe I didn’t do it wrong, but just used so much smaller a thread – 2 strands of silk. I planned to do it again on something with my Sassa Lynne threads. I’ll see if that looks more like yours.

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