The third stitch in the Pintangle TAST Challenge is Fly Stitch. I had a lot of fun with this stitch on the table runner.

Originally I started with the dark green garland using fly stitch for the needles, then added the poinsettia’s with detached chain stitch and french knots. I’m not completely satisfied with the poinsettia’s….it took until the very last one (not pictured) before I felt like the design worked, but the runner is going to live with them, the plan is to eventually have enough stitching across the entire runner that small elements won’t stick out so much. I also added the garland french knot berries and holly detached chain stitches to the corners. At that point I started to think of I-Spy ideas to sneak into the design so have a few ‘easter eggs’ hidden that I’ll share later.

The top part of the design will be a woodland scene. The cabin is sewn with stranded embroidery floss with back stitch and short and long stitch, with a snowy roof using cotton perle stem stitch. The trees created from more fly stitch and the bunny from bullion knots.

Garland and trees sewn with DMC Cotton Perle #5 in dark green and white, Poinsettia’s sewn with DMC Cotton Perle #8 in pink and red. Holly sewn with light green DMC Cotton Perle #5, bunny sewn with white DMC Cotton Perle #12.

TAST Stitch 3: Fly Stitch