Take a Stitch Tuesday week 21

hand embroidered sample of butterfly chain stitch

This week the challenge is a stitch called Butterfly chain stitch. I think people will enjoy it.

hand embroidered sample of butterfly chain stitch

It is a stitch that can be easily glanced over when browsing  a stitch glossary but it is a lot of fun to work and vary threads you can create lots of interesting effects.

hand embroidered sample of butterfly chain stitch

You can zig zag it, work it is squares along a curve etc

hand embroidered sample of butterfly chain stitch

You can stack lines of the stitch to create patterns .

hand embroidered sample of butterfly chain stitch

How to join in

It is not complicated. All you need to do is stitch a sample,  take a photograph of it, put in online in your blog, flickr site or on Stitchin Fingers page, swing by here again and leave a comment with your full web address so people can visit and see your sample. Where is here? At the bottom of this article under the tags is a link that says ‘book mark permalink’.

Any special rules?

There are no rules but I do have a request, please link back here.

 Interesting work will be featured

Each week I will feature samples that participants have stitched order to draw attention to creative and interesting work. This means some work will be re-published. I will credit and link to the owners website but I assume that when you leave your link here, I have your permission to feature your work. If you do not want your work to be featured please say in the comment, you leave and I wont include it in the feature.

Further information

If you need further information on the challenge a list of stitches covered so far or directions on how to participate please visit the TAST FAQ page.

You can read back through TAST articles by browsing Challenges –  Take a Stitch Tuesday category

Other groups and networks

You can also share your explorations with other members on the social network site of your choice. There is a Facebook TAST 2012 page,   stitchin fingers group and the flickr TAST site. All these sub groups are set up at request of members

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54 Responses to Take a Stitch Tuesday week 21

  1. I am way behind, but my Butterfly Chain is finally posted. You can see it here: http://www.linda-hubbard.blogspot.ca/2012/07/tast-week-20-butterfly-chain-stitch.html

  2. Of course I am late by a week. But I enjoyed doing this stitch. I posted the trials in my blog.

  3. libbyQ says:

    a simple stitch with possibilities.
    here is what i did with it:


  4. Ann says:

    Enjoyed this stitch, and tied the colors I used into those seen quite a bit this past weekend:


    As with past weeks, the samplers are included in my journal that includes a personal entry, a list of things for which I’m grateful, and a collage of images that represent what I saw or did during the week.

  5. Rose says:

    Butterfly stitch is up along with some of the other stitches. Blogged at http://www.therosejournal.blogspot.com/2012/05/im-here-im-here.html


  6. Here’s my blog post on Butterfly Chain Stitch. I hope I use this again in the future as it’s quite a cute little stitch. http://kirajones.co.uk/?p=801

  7. Brigitte Otto says:
  8. as I don’t know this stitch before, I do a little sampler ;It is on my blog: http://dufall.blogspot.fr/
    and on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/severine14/7278269864/in/pool-56846286@N00

  9. Faith says:

    I managed to get a little bit done. This is for last week and this week. http://airynothing.net/Blogs/anblog/2012/05/26/tast-catch-up

  10. I was distressed by the image of chaining butterflys that sprang to mind when I first saw this stitch. Here is the link to my blog post.
    and to my Flikr post

  11. Crazyqstitcher says:

    I have posted 2 new samples and 2 old ones from Tast 1.
    It is such an easy stitch. There are some lovely examples from others this week

  12. Marion says:

    Hi Sharon. I am really enjoying your TAST 2012 Challenge. I have been putting my stitches on my Blog. Unfortunately I just cannot get the link to Pintangle to work. I clicked on the Permalink button but I really haven’t a clue what to try next ? Take care. Marion x

  13. Nalini Vasudevan says:

    Here i have posted my attempt on butterfly chain stitch.http://nalinihandwork.blogspot.in/2012/05/tast-2012-week-21-butterfly-chain.html

  14. Annet says:

    I stitched 2 half rows with butterfly chain stitch variations on my brown sampler. I wrote about it here:
    and here:

  15. julie says:

    I’m working two pieces this week. May not finish the second one before the weekend is done, so here is the first:

  16. ValerieL says:

    My week 21 is done–as well as week 20 (which was late). You can see them both on my blog:

    I liked doing both stitches.

  17. HGK says:

    I got behind on my stitches, but trying to get back into it now. Really liked this stitch :)
    Blog: http://hetkabinet.blogspot.com/2012/05/tast-2012-errrrrr-21.html
    Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hetkabinet/sets/72157628775088487/

  18. It is a new stitch for me too, I didn’t like it to start with but it grew on me

  19. Hi Sharon,
    I am working on samples of this week’s stitch in combination with other stitches. the details are here-
    thank you,

  20. The earlier work of Annet of Fat Quarter was the inspiration of my piece; http://borduurblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/vliegertje.html

  21. Hobby sewer says:

    I have tried this butterfly chain stitch in a circle. This can be found here.

  22. raji saj says:

    Excited to view the variations all my friends have made.
    Here iam sharing a simple application of that stitch on my daily wear, http://threadwithme.blogspot.in/2012/05/tast2012-butterfly-chain-stitch.html

  23. Lucy Landry says:

    this is a new stitch for me, too.
    I think I like some of the others much better!

  24. New stitch for me to, easy and pleasant to stitch, but not really inspirational. http://j-en-revais.blogspot.com/2012/05/tast-21.html

  25. Hi Sharon, loved this stitch !
    Here is my sample……………………………………….
    chris richards

  26. Anneliese says:

    I tried and tried and found it nice to do.

  27. Ann says:

    Hello! This is my first TAST and I like it :) I’m beginer in embroideling. Thank you for this project. http://anuta-tuta.blogspot.com/2012/05/blog-post_24.html

  28. Claudia says:

    Butterfly chain stitch was new to me now I like this stitch. Here is my attempt: http://fabricfusion.blogspot.com/2012/05/tast-21-butterfly-chain-stitch.html
    Cheers Claudia

  29. Mariainez L. Ribeiro dos Santos says:

    Here is my Week Butterfly chain stitch´s Work

  30. Diane says:


    My cloth is not inspiring me lately. I had a tough time finding the perfect spot for this stitch. Worked it in three different places but I may rip one out.

  31. Sandy Jandik says:

    It was a new stitch for me, but I enjoyed it. http://focus-on-fiber.blogspot.com

  32. Mary Ruth says:

    I am still working on my gingerbread house. Check out my (very slow) progress:


  33. leela govind says:

    thank you sharon for inspiring me to play with stitches..here is my sheaf stitch in the form of flowers,grasses and butterflies..


  34. Angela says:

    Oh dear! Having just looked at your samples again I realize that I have not done this stitch correctly. However I am happy with the way it looks on my block so I won’t be picking it out to redo it. I hate redoing things anyway. I have let go of perfectionist tendencies and have learned that done is better than perfect! I will go ahead and try this stitch again and hopefully do a better job though. Thanks for looking

  35. Annet says:

    I wrote about the making of my TAST 2007 sampler for this stitch here:
    I also added a like to a video for this stitch, I found it in my old notes.

  36. Christina says:

    http://christinaroland.blogspot.com/2012/05/tast-week-21.html Loved this stitch, I imagine using it often :-)

  37. Hi Sharon,
    I had done a few variations aof this stitch, when it was rerun on stitchinfingers, the details are here-
    thank you, Chitra

  38. konnykards says:

    Everyone is stitching such lovely creative pieces recently and I am full of intention to explore, but cannot catch up !
    Luckily I have most of the stitches from previous challenges and they are small enough samples to add to my new narrow band sampler – so it will grow one day when I feel well enough!
    Here’s my previous Butterfly Chain,
    Connie, konnykards.

  39. shirley says:

    What a pretty stitch I am sure this will generate a lot of creativity.

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