Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018 Stitch 19

It’s time to announce Stitch 19 of the challenge, but before I do that, I want to give people the heads-up that next week will be a break week. It allows people to catch up. I find if people drop too far behind, it becomes a bit much for them, and they drop away. For those who are on track, I will have a mini challenge for you, which will enable you to develop your stitching skills further. For those doing Beyond TAST, I will announce a new challenge after the break week.

Crossed buttonhole stitch sample 2

OK, with housekeeping out of the way – let’s get on with this weeks challenge stitch! Stitch 19 is Crossed buttonhole stitch. This stitch is one of those stitches that at first glance looks mildly interesting but once you experiment with it a bit you will discover it has many possibilities. Don’t forget to check out my tutorial on Crossed Buttonhole stitch for directions and ideas

Beyond TAST

Beyond TAST is for those readers who have done TAST before or for people who already know the basic embroidery stitches. Details about the current Beyond TAST challenge are here


How to take part in the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn how to do Crossed Buttonhole Stitch and share what you have learnt. If you are an experienced embroiderer enjoy the Beyond TAST challenge instead. 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, 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 Crossed Buttonhole page with your full web address 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.

Have you seen my book?

holding my book in front of quilt

My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results shares detailed practical methods on how to design and make a crazy quilt. Topics such as fabric choice, tricky challenges like balancing colour, texture and pattern, and how to create movement to direct your viewer’s eye around the block are covered in detail. I also explain how to stitch and build decorative seam treatments in interesting creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be practical and inspiring.

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