Week 1 ✂ Fly stitch (TAST)

Fly stitch (TAST 2012)

Hmm…this is not quite what I’d hoped for, but for the first week this will do.

I know that as I get used to the format (I’m putting each stitch on an A6 ‘page’, to be bound together, later, into a cloth book) and get into a groove about the whole thing, the pages will improve.

The idea was to combine my love of stitching with my love of fonts and all things typographical.

But then I got to doodling, and turned the word into the insect, which I think looks a bit corny; besides, it’s pretty easy to do on something like “fly stitch”, but not, I guess, so easy when we eventually get to stitches like the ‘semi-detached buttonhole’ or whatever.

Oh, well! Live and learn. I hope to do a better job on the next one. (I like the hairy lettering, though, and that wicked barbed ‘tail’ on the ‘y’, don’t you? 😉 )

Fly stitch (TAST 2012)

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This small embroidery is for the Take a Stitch Tuesday 2012 Challenge. Week 1 started off with the Fly Stitch.

32 thoughts on “Week 1 ✂ Fly stitch (TAST)

  1. I didn’t know there were names for stitches! I have done my own made up embroidery, (well “cross stitch” I guess so I knew one name). This is very cool!


  2. This is a brilliant idea. I just learned of TAST and have been browsing the stitcher’s entries. I have been sitting here thinking about what concept I could use to unify each of my practice stitch groupings and I stumbled upon your entries. Genius! I won’t be copying you but will continue to think about how I will approach this project.

    Thanks for such incredible inspiration!
    Betsy in snowy(!) Seattle


    1. Thanks, Betsy…as to copying, heavens, I didn’t invent embroidered typography, take inspiration where you find it, and make any idea your own…all artists stand on the shoulders of the ones before, nothing new under the sun and so on. If you do give fonts + stitch a try, I’d love to see your work…we could cross-fertilize. ;D


  3. Your fly stitch work is great and one of my favorites so far! I didn’t get started this week due to being out of town for the holidays and cannot wait to get home and start!

    I also want to take a moment to invite you over to my blog to read about a quilt show I am hosting live on my blog beginning Feb 1. The show is called Crazy Quilts Are Quilts Too. The show is designed to bring awareness to all of us crazy quilters and the work we do! There are a host of fantastic prizes to be won! Hope you will come check out the information and hopefully participate!


    p.s. Can I show your FLY on my blog with a link back to yours?


    1. Thank you, Thearica! The show looks yummy, and your crazy quilt banner is crazy rich! Thank you for the invitation, though I’m sorry I won’t be around for most of February…going for a wander in Malaysia. But I’ll pop on over to see the entries and the winning cq’s, for sure! Yes, of course you can link to the fly, and thank you very much!
      XX Nat


    1. Yay! Thanks, Susan! Yes, okay, and I will try to have more fun as I do them (because that’s the only time I make anything I like, when I really enjoyed doing it…) Looking forward to the next stitch…


  4. That fits so well with the name of the stitch, it would be a missed opportunity to’ve done anything else! Also, you’ve got over that first page hurdle, which can be a bit paralysing. I’ve just remembered that I had a plan to make a book for my tatting, which I’d completely forgotten about! Won’t be half as interesting as yours, but I’ll think about it a bit more… So, thank you 🙂


    1. The hardest part is to begin, it’s true. I hit the project cold, and never really did warm up while doing this first stitch, but I have learned from the mistakes and I think I will enjoy the next one better.
      I love the idea of cloth books. And paper quilts. And all those funny, hybrid forms that put things where you wouldn’t normally find them. A book of tatting would be AMAAAZING! Thank YOU, for the visit and comment!


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  6. I think it’s awesome, not corny at all, and I was inspired by your post about TAST that I’ve decided to join too, at least for week 1… then we’ll see! The book idea is a great one, I’m considering a sampler but not sure how to go about making one yet.

    Take care!


    1. I loved your flying stitches, iHanna! Typographically speaking, I thought it was corny…a word fly that is a fly…kinda, I dunno…primitive idea *laughs* but what’s done is done, I don’t hate it, and I’m looking forward to the next stitch. I could never keep the full length of a sampler clean, and I like to stitch at bus stops and the doctor’s office, so o long rolls of fabric for me! 😉
      Thank you for visiting and taking the time to leave such lovely comments!


  7. well done, keep trying things out and seeing how it all works out is the way to go – I’ve been very boring and traditional with mine, simply cos I dont have the confidence to do much more with them yet!


  8. This is lovely. I think the important thing is just to do it. Some elements will work, and others will give us further ideas for changing next time. I’ve done mine, and that’s that! On to stitch number two….


    1. Yes, it’s done and I’m not stressing over it, but I felt ‘cold’ about it as I was doing it, didn’t really enjoy it, and that sort of shows. Mustn’t take it too seriously, my work is crap unless I’m enjoying what I’m doing…


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