Stitch 13 for Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018 is to learn or experiment with Buttonhole Wheel which is a fun and easy stitch to work. These are often used to form small floral sprays making them useful stitches for crazy quilting and surface embroidery, but you can also use them in a contemporary manner too. You will find a full tutorial on the Buttonhole wheel page alongside ideas on how to use it in your stitching projects. The same page has a tip on controlling the stitch if the edges flick up, and information on half and quarter buttonhole wheels.
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. Follow the link to discover the current Beyond TAST challenge and enjoy that.
How to take part in the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge
If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitches. Learn stitch 13 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 Buttonhole Wheel 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?
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 in order 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 and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be both practical and inspiring.
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