This weeks TAST stitch is Detached Buttonhole Stitch, I started by drawing the stitch again, i must say I really find this useful in thinking out the actual mechanics of the sketch.
As you can see there is a sketch of what is supposed to be a pile of jewels (still continuing my January garnet theme) This I thought might be a good idea using what is usually a scattered stich as a filler. I was wrong! Well for this idea anyway,I couldn't represent the facets well enough but I did like the way, on felt , it made a lovely cushioned stitch which I'm sure I can use somewhere, sometime.
So I abandoned it and went to bed to think again, I did a bit more research on garnets and found that one type is found almost as though the had been scattered on rock. This gave me the opportunity to go to my newly tidied work room and make some rock with some bondaweb, silk handkerchief and some silk tops.
I attached the beads with detatched chain and then made some more "garnets" with cotton perle using an idea I had found in "Stitch Magic" by Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn. One of their suggestions for experimenting with a stich is to pile one on top of the other, I found this makes very acceptable "beads".
Question: When does detatched chain become fly stitch? :-)