TAST 2010 Week 42 Woven Cross

I can’t quite believe that after today there are only two more Tuesdays in the year and therefore only 2 more TAST 2010 stitches. At this stage people are usually busy and the pace of the challenge can be tiring but I am sure that I am not the only one who will look back on this second series of stitches in TAST with pleasure.

Anyway I have another fun stitch this week and once people know the two thread trick I am sure people will try it with Woven Cross too. I have discovered it is quite addictive. It is also one of those stitches that suit the season as it looks fantastic with a bead in the middle or if you worked in two different colour threads.The stitch is also known as cross stitch flower. It can be positioned like a flower, worked in a pattern or in a decorative line.

The stitch is two crossed stitches worked on top of each other with the uppermost cross woven to the bottom cross.


Start as you would if you were working a regular cross stitch.


Next make a third diagonal straight stitch over the first stitch you made.


Bring your thread out to make the fourth straight stitch but instead of simply moving across and taking your needle down through the fabric, weave the needle through the two bars.


Take the needle through and to the back of the fabric as illustrated.

That’s it! Simple but very effective. Particularly if you experiment with the thread you use.

How to join in. 

Work an example of the stitch. Experiment a bit, photograph it, and put it on your flickr site or write about it on your blog.

Please remember to link back to here so others can find the challenge too.

Come here to this post and leave a comment to tell everyone where your site is. (Click on the title and it will take you to this post on an individual page if you bookmark it you can find it again)

Also now if you leave your full address ie include the http:// bit in your address it will become a link automatically.

Visit a few sites of people who have already left a comment. See what they have done. I am sure everyone will enjoy following the links left in the comments. If you have time, let other people know that you have seen their work on their site.

Other groups and networks

You can also share your explorations with other members on  stitchin fingers group and the flickr TAST site


TAST 2010 Week 41 Checkered or Magic Chain

Checkered or Magic Chain is a fun stitch that children love as it changes colour. Since many people are making small projects in line with the season I think its time for this fun stitch. I discovered it in The Stitches of Creative Embroidery by Jacqueline Enthoven (p 132)

The sample is worked in two threads of perle #5.

Thread your needle with two contrasting colours make sure both are the same length.

Start the line as you would ordinary chain stitch but loop only one of the threads under the needle.

Making sure the tension is the same on both threads pull the thread through.

Make the next chain stitch but use the contrasting thread.

Continue in this manner alternating the two colours.

As you can see this is a fun stitch!

How to join in. 

Work an example of the stitch. Experiment a bit, photograph it, and put it on your flickr site or write about it on your blog.

Please remember to link back to here so others can find the challenge too.

Come here to this post and leave a comment to tell everyone where your site is. (Click on the title and it will take you to this post on an individual page if you bookmark it you can find it again)

Also now if you leave your full address ie include the http:// bit in your address it will become a link automatically.

Visit a few sites of people who have already left a comment. See what they have done. I am sure everyone will enjoy following the links left in the comments. If you have time, let other people know that you have seen their work on their site.

Other groups and networks

You can also share your explorations with other members on  stitchin fingers group and the flickr TAST site

All posts relating to this challenge are in the Take a Stitch Tuesday category


TAST 2010 Week 40 Buttonhole Picot

As I explained last week when I published two challenge stitches there are a couple of versions of buttonhole stitch with picots. This post repeats the second version of buttonhole picots.

Buttonhole stitch with Picots version 2 (picot made with chain stitches) 

The illustration samples are worked using cotton perle # 5.

Space the picot knots as required along a line of buttonhole. Usually the buttonhole stitches are worked close together as an edging stitch. For purposes of demonstration I have spaced them a little apart so you can see how the picot stitches are worked

Start with buttonhole, when you reach the point where you want to add a picot slide your needle under the the thread of the last buttonhole stitch but not through the fabric.

With the thread under the needle pull your needle through so that you make a little chain stitch using the buttonhole as a foundation.

Insert your needle into the centre of the chain stitch but not through the fabric. Wrap your thread under the needle and pull your needle through to make a second chain stitch.

If you want a larger knot you can make a third chain.

Next slide your needle from right to left under the last stitch and keeping the thread under the needle pull it through. If you need to push the knot up snug do so with either your needle or thumb.

Recommence regular buttonhole stitch and bring your needle tip out next to the picot  and continue along the line working the next section of buttonhole.

As you can see the knot stands a little proud and personally I always find the rhythm of the this version easier than the first (illustrated last week).

How to join in. 

Work an example of the stitch. Experiment a bit, photograph it, and put it on your flickr site or write about it on your blog.

Please remember to link back to here so others can find the challenge too.

Come here to this post and leave a comment to tell everyone where your site is. (Click on the title and it will take you to this post on an individual page if you bookmark it you can find it again)

Also now if you leave your full address ie include the http:// bit in your address it will become a link automatically.

Visit a few sites of people who have already left a comment. See what they have done. I am sure everyone will enjoy following the links left in the comments. If you have time, let other people know that you have seen their work on their site.

Other groups and networks

You can also share your explorations with other members on  stitchin fingers group and the flickr TAST site

All posts relating to this challenge are in the Take a Stitch Tuesday category