Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge Stitch 45

Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge Stitch 45 is Portuguese Border Stitch  which forms a highly textured braid like line. There is lots of opportunity to experiment as you can change threads when you work the top layer. You can use novelty threads and even knitting yarns. It is also great if you use metallic threads. It can add an extra bit of zest the Christmas decorations and the like.

Portuguese Border Stitch forms good ridge and is ideal to use around the edge of an item such a dining place mats or on a cushion. You can also create patterns of  strong lines stacked side by side to produce a textured area. I like the spacing created up the centre of the stitch as it is easy to place a bead in the middle. The tutorial for Portuguese Border stitch is here 

TAST2012logoHow to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitch. If you are an experienced embroiderer push these stitches in creative manner and share with beginners so they can see what can be done with a little imagination.

Where to share

Stitch a sample, photograph it, put in online on your blog, flickr site, share it on facebook or where ever you hang out online, and leave a comment on the Portuguese Border Stitch page with your full web address. Don’t forget the http bit of the web address so that your address becomes a live link so that people can visit your site and see what you have done. Please spread the word about Take a Stitch Tuesday on your social networks.

Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group.  If you are a hashtag type person use the hashtag #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page. All stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome

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  1. I am loving your stitch dictionary! I have decided to make a sampler starting with the TAST this week. Right now I am finishing the sides of a firm piece of canvas using various buttonhole stitches in the dictionary.


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