Stitch 2 for the TAST of the challenge is Buttonhole stitch – or blanket stitch, as many people call it. This stitch is actually the foundation for a whole family of stitches. I don’t want to argue over how hand embroidery stitches are classified, as that can be a bit boring, but some people classify stitches according to the hand movement you need to make in order to create the stitch. So, since a fly stitch, for instance, has the same hand movement as buttonhole in the sense that the thread is passed under the needle, some people classify them as being in the same family. I have found that if people think in terms of what hand action they are using, they can make sense of it and it helps build skills. If you group together stitches in families, it helps as you have a rough idea of the sort of movement your hand needs to make.
Grouping hand embroidery stitches in families can be a very helpful way to think about them. Some people try and memorise the various names and put them into families, rather than thinking about the hand action – so they can get in a muddle about it. To be honest, if the idea of families of stitches just confuses you, don’t worry about it as it is meant to be an aid – a way of thinking about a stitch – not another point about embroidery to remember or be confused about. I would love to know what readers think and whether you group stitches in your mind so, for instance, you think in terms of crossed stitches, knotted stitches, etc. Leave a comment as I really would love to know.
Also, just try out Buttonhole stitch don’t get yourself tangled in testing a whole family of stitches just because I mentioned it!
For those who have done TAST before or if you already know the basic embroidery stitches, join in on the Beyond TAST challenge. Beyond TAST is a season of 4-6 weeks that allows time to explore an aspect of a design, technique, style, or family of stitches. See the TAST FAQ for more details. I announced the current Beyond TAST challenge in Week 1 which will last for a month which means this is week 2 of the “season” See Week 1 for more details
How to take part in the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge
If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn Buttonhole stitch. So Learn stitch 2 and share what you have learnt. If you are an experienced embroiderer try and give your work a modern twist and share it online so beginners can see what can be done with a little imagination.
Where to share
Stitch a sample of stitch 2, photograph it, put in online on your blog, flickr site, share it in the TAST facebook group or where ever you hang out online. If you have a blog leave a comment on the Buttonhole 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. For Flickr people the group is Take a Stitch Tuesday. Hashtags are #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc.
If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.
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