When TAST 2012 began I thought this might be an opportunity to combine each month's allocated stitches in a carefully designed piece. Easier said than done! In fact I am still trying to decide what I want to stitch with the first 5 stitches for the year..
However February's stitches seemed easier to use- a biscornu seemed a logical shape for the chevron and chain stitches. I already had stitched buttonhole and back stitch edging on both sides. The dark blue-green=yellow variegated Anchor #8 was darker than I wanted but the edge was already done and I decided that maybe it added to the design challenge
. After much deliberation I thought I could get something delicate looking with a pale pink contrast. However it was like looking for Jane Austen and finding Emily Bronte on the bookshelf - the former, delicate like sprig muslim and the other, a tad dark, heavier and gloomy!
Nonetheless I persevered and used chevron and lazy daisy on one side.
Then more chevron with zigzag petal stitch on the reverse. This side used crossed chain with the whipping stitch couching a thicker apple green thread for a border..
As well as couching this thread along two chain rows I used three detached chain to couch the thicker thread in each corner ( not as obvious in the photo as I would wish). This is my only couching for the week's TAST stitching.
I am satisfied to a limited extent - I did manage to produce a finished piece using the month's stitches and, while I am not completely happy with my colour choices, I feel they are reasonably acceptable.
Now to get back to the design board and the 5 January stitches!