Take a Stitch Tuesday weekly round up

After drinking too many cups of coffee I have done the TAST round up this week. I hope this week all the feeds are now working particularly those from blogger which seemed a bit glitchy this week. I hope I have not missed anyone out. If you were left out, by any chance, please leave a comment so people will visit your site and I can check that my feed is working. With nearly 200 people signed up to this challenge it’s a challenge for me keeping up and keeping track! For all that it is fun and here is the round up for the week.

Firstly for everyone who reads Allison Aller’s blog she is currently offline because her server was hit with spam bots the same as mine was a few weeks ago. Allison dropped me an email yesterday to say what had happened and I will keep you posted as to what happens as she is thinking of shifting her domain. In the meanwhile Allison Aller has set up a flickr account to host her TAST photos.

Jennifer of A Garden of Stitches has completed her buttonhole stitch sampler

Neki of A Movable Feast has created a wonderful free flowing interpretation of detached chain stitch

Marge of The Adventure Begins has worked a sample of herringbone stitch.

Angelcat of the Adventures of Angelcat has worked a smapler of buttonhole

Allison Aller has used detached chain to frame a polymer clay disk on her latest quilt block

Cathy of Altered fabrications has worked a sampler of buttonhole in various threads

Pat of Altering thoughts has worked a sample of detached chain after working out her ideas in a visual journal. Pat has also posted an image of the page which is interesting to see.

Anja Wunschpunsch has a delightful sample using buttonhole and chain stitch.

Annie of Annie’s Crazy World has featured some details of her crazy quilting projects highlighting buttonhole stitch and detached chain stitch.

Odile has posted images on her flickr siteof the most delightful sheep worked in detached chain stitch!

Susan of Art of Textiles has worked a sample of herringbone in a free form manner.

Beth of Artist Perpetually in Progress- Mixed Media Art by Beth Robinson has featured chain stitch in her latest piece which includes using stones. Beths post on using a visual journal to document this challenge is worth reading as I am dealing with the same problems. Beth has also worked a sample of detached chain stitch.

Carol of Art~n~Quilt has featured a detail of a tree in which she used detached chain stitch

Ati of Ati on the crazy road is another crazy quilter who has incorporated detached chain stitch in a seam treatment.

Penny of Back Valley Seasons has worked a herringbone sample

Gail of Big Horn Mountain Creations has been exploring creating small motifs using detached chain stitch.

Emmy Schoonbeek of Cramzy has created a wonderfully coloured freeform sample using detached chain stitch on a background of hand painted fabric.

Susan of Crazy Quilting for Fun has created a motif suitable for a crazy quilting project using detached chain stitch.

CrazyQstitcher has created some samples that made me smile. They are totally delightful interpretations of detached chain stitch.

Lillian of Crazyseoulsister has featured a number of details from crazy quilt blocks that incorporate the stitches that have been in the challenge so far.

Francoise of Creatilfun has worked a number of samples using detached chain stitch

Karen of Creaworx has worked a highly textured sample of detached chain stitch and has worked out a design to use it.

Sandra of Croque-choux has joined in the challenge a little late but is playing catch up. This week she has been exploring buttonhole stitch.

Don’t miss the masks that Bonnie of Dakini dreams has created using detached chain stitches.

Delores Lyon’s photos for all three weeks are published on flickr. Do check them out as they demonstarte a free easy going style.

Jacqui has a flickr site for her photos under the name of Elegant stitch’s has some fantastic samples on her flickr site don’t miss browsing the lot!

Elizabeth Dee has worked a sample of bttonhole.

Barbara of Embroidery overlaps has worked a sample of buttonhole stitch and another of detached chain.

Jade Rose of Enter the stitcher has been exploring detached chain stitch even though she has a tooth abscess.

Dianne of Faery Di’s Fibre Feat is exploring all sorts of techniques on small squares and has included buttonhole on some of them.

Micki of Fiber Art: If I Create It, Will They Come? has worked a sample of buttonhole stitch.

Melissa of Frog Stitch has worked a detached chain stitch sample.

Pat Winter of Gatherings has featured a number of seam treatments using detached chain stitch.

LouAnne of Getting to Crazy has worked both buttonhole and herringbone stitch on a crazy quilt block.

June R of Grandma Ziki’s Stitching has worked a sample on a crazy quilt block

Greenmontanasamuel has her sample worked for TAST up on flickr

Marianne of Heegeldab has worked a sample of buttonhole on felt and then gone on to add detached cahin to her felted bag. Don’t miss this wonder as it develops.

Elizabet of Her eyes shone like emeralds of the deepest hue has worked a small sampler of buttonhole stitch.

Amy of In the Fold has used buttonhole to emphasise some fruit/flower motifs.

Bibliotecaria of Inside my head has been exploring buttonhole at different heights and on the curve.

JoWynn on flickr has been exploring buttonhole and detchd chain stitches. Jo’s latest sample includes the use of gold sadi

Judith Green of Judith’s Material Musings has been exploring buttonhole stitch and used it on a UFO project.

Katie Jayinpa of Katie’s New Place has worked a sampler in herringbone.

Karen South of Karen South’s Crazy Quilting World has featured a seam embellishment on a crazy quilt block using detached chain.

Christine of Lady Jane’s Journal has worked some interesting samples of detached chain over sequins, rings and beads.

Margaret of Life, needlework and everything has posted images of how she has used detached chain stitch to create garden scenes.

Linda known as Lindamh on flickr has explored detached chain and in the process created some interesting patterns.

Linda of Lindas Creations has worked a small buttonhole stitch sampler

Mariyarn has applied detached chain stitch to creating floral motifs.

Mary of Mary’s Witterings has used herringbone to explore lettering.

Beth of Meandering Threads has a sample which evokes a landscape. Do check out how she has used eye lash thread.

Mady is Mehdc on flickr where you will find floral motif s inspired by both buttonhole and detached chain stitch.

Don’t miss Morgan’s sardine can which can be seen on My Amphetamines and My Purls

Nuvo Felt on My Efforts for Take a Stitch Tuesday has worked a buttohole sampler.

Virginia of Needle and Thimble has worked a sample of buttonhole stitch and detached chain on crazy quilt block.

Norma of Norma’s Needleworkz has worked a series of samples of buttonhole stitch

Juli of Orange Rug Yarn Musings has also explored detached chain stitch producing some interesting texture and floral motifs. Juli has also created another motif inspired by the challenge.

Pam Kellogg of Pam Kellog’s Kitty and me designs has highlighted a detail on her latest block which uses detached chain stitch and has published a small motif which is suitable to use with this stitch.

Peggy of Peg’s Place has used a detached chain on a small card.

Carol Taylor of Postcards and stuff has worked detached chain stitch

Lin Moon of Purple Fan has worked detached chain stitch on a small sampler

Lynda of Purple Missus has worked some really interesting samples of buttonhole stitch. These contemporary interpretations of the stitch and what she proceeds to do with them are not to be missed.

Elizabeth of Quieter Moments has worked detached chain stitch combined with sequins to produce floral motifs. Her series of samples are wonderful and indicate the versatility of this stitch.

Helen of Quilts and ATCs has used buttonhole stitch in order to appliqué on paper and detached chain stitch over simple and delightful felt floral motifs

Elke of Quilterin has worked a crazy quilt seam treatment

Dy of Random Applique has worked a fantastic floral motif which starts with an appliqué base and works out from there. Don’t miss this original interpretation of lazy daisy stitch.

Rene O as worked a basket of detached chain floal motifs including some great cat tails

Renea is renmedema on flickr and has loaded images of her latest crazy quilt hearts on which she has used detached chain.

Connie of The Scoop, Score and Deal has worked a floral motif in detched chain stitch

Carol of Selketine has created a sampler in buttonhole stitch

Don’t miss Sequana’s photos on flickr as her interpretationof detached chain stitch has lead to a delightful bunny in a flower garden.

Gerry of Sewing Southpaw has worked her stitches on crazy quilt hearts

Chriss of Sheep Space has an image of her sampler of buttonhole stitch on her site. Like me she is taken by how many variations are being discovered by people as they work this challenge.

Kim of Skybell arts has worked a freeform sample of detached chain

Kay Susan of Smockery has explored some very interesting arrangements of detached chain.

Betty known as Squarequilter on flickr has loaded photos of her crazy quilt block on which she worked buttonhole stitch.

Vicki of Stitch n’patch is keeping notes in a visual journal and has published an image of one of her page spreads.

Christine a member of the Stithcing Post discussion list has posted images of her chain stitch samples on the Stitching Post Blog

Stop by with Di has posted an image of her explorations of herringbone.

Sue Wild is suewilduk on flickr whereshe has posted images of her buttonhole explorations.

Susan has covered a journal with a crazy quilt block and used detached chain on it.

Sunshine of Sunshine’s Creations has worked a sample of detached chain stitch on wool.

Marty of Textiles in Time has worked both a herring bone sampler and a buttonhole sampler. Marty has also organized a scrap book to hold the pieces. Those who are wondering how to store their samples may find this interesting.

Susan of TextileXplorations has explained how she makes her buttonhole rings in order to act as shisha mirror surrounds

Carol-Anne of Threads Across the Web has worked a beautiful sampler of buttonhole

Andrea of Up too late, as usual … has been exploring herringbone, buttonhole and detached chain on felt.

Véro de La Fare has a basket of flowers worked in detached chian on her flickr site

In the last week Vivian has a flickr site Vivian in stitches has posted 3 samples she has worked of herringbone, buttonhole and detached chain. Also don’t miss her free style samples.

Emelyn of Vivid Dreams has samples of buttonhole and herringbone on her site.

Charlene of When This You See, Remember Me has worked a peacock motif using detached chain stitches.

Wilma of Wilma goes crazy has outlined a print in buttonhole stitch.

Laura of Woodsprite Cottage in catch up mode has samples of both buttonhole and herringbone on her blog

Don’t forget that for those who have a Flickr account there is a group you can join. It is called the Take a stitch Tuesday group.

I feel after that little lot as if I am puffing and panting somewhat. We are now off to browse the bookshops have coffee and cake somewhere and enjoy our Sunday.

Take a stitch Tuesday Challenge week 3

I know I am running late this morning so this post is dash hurried but here I am and the stitch of the week for the Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge is detached chain stitch. This is an easy stitch, which is often taught to children. Worked in a circle to form a flower motif it is often known as lazy daisy stitch.

As with last week, I settled down with thread and fabric, thinking I would suggest people explore the chain stitch family of stitches and found that I became totally absorbed with just one of the family members – detached chain. The sample above is worked in perle 8 thread with this the tie stitch pointed inwards and a buttonhole ring worked in the centre

People are free to explore all the chain stitch varieties but what I am finding with this challenge is that by focusing on just one stitch for the week I am discovering more about it. Instead of working a few obvious examples the challenge is making me think up something different or explore something I have not done much.

For instance this sample is detached chain worked over sequin waste. Once again it is worked with the tie stitch pointed inwards this time I wove a metallic thread under the spokes and stitched a bead in the middle.

This next sample the elongated tie stitches point outwards. The stitches are worked in wool over sequin waste.

As you can see just by arranging the spacing and size of each of the chain stitches there is a lot you can do with this versatile stitch.

This stitch has many arrangements, particularly once you include beads or something like sequin waste that I am sure people will find that its satisfying trying to discover just how many you can think up.

If you want to give a little extra zest to daisy flowers worked in detached chain stitch you can do with them is to pad them with felt.

This raises the flower off the surface just a little.

This means they are slightly more textural and therefore noticeable.

This sample was worked in hand dyed perle 8 cotton thread on 32 count linen

To pad this stitch simply cut out a small disk of felt and stitch it to the fabric.

When choosing the felt select a colour that will not clash too harshly if little bits peek through the stitching.


When stitching the felt in place use a sewing thread that is the same colour as the felt.

I have a different colour in the sample so that you can see what I have done.

Once the felt is stitched in place simply work around the ring with detached chain stitches.

Fill the centre of the disk with French knots or beads.


This is an example of padded detached chain worked in wool. The first row worked was the outer row and then the middle row stitched in the centre.

The leaves were worked in Oyster stitch which of course is a variety of detached chain

In many ways this challenge is a ‘taster’ for my online class. So if you are enjoying this challenge you might be interested in taking one of my online classes Develop a Personal Library of Stitches which starts February 20, 2007.

The other class that is open for bookings is Encrusted Crazy Quilting which starts February 9, 2007.

Both classes have a design emphasis and material in the class is not published online. Both links lead to details about these classes.

Take a Stitch Tuesday Week 2

The stitch of the week for the Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge is buttonhole stitch.


Buttonhole has many variations and versions and I am sure some people will explore them this week. I was going to do just that but after looking at what samples I had to and working a few new ones I decided that there are so many things you can do with just plain simple buttonhole (or blanket stitch as some people call it) that I would just leave it at that.


As you can see just by changing the height and spacing and base line of the stitch there is a lot you can do with this versatile stitch. In other weeks I will look at varieties but if people want to dive in and explore varieties this week please feel free to do so.




As you may have realised I am concentrating on the basic stitches first as many people in the challenge are new hands to embroidery and I don’t want to scare them off with complex or advanced stitches.



These samples are all worked on Aida cloth with a hand dyed thread which is the same weight as perle 5.



They are part of band sampler I use for teaching. The band sampler contains 25 rows of buttonhole in various formations.



Each row is worked in a straight line.



You can also work buttonhole easily on a curve. In this case buttonhole is worked back to back in leaf like or seed pod shapes in wool, danish flower thread, rayon thread, or cotton perle 8 thread.



This sample worked in texutred yarn, Danish flower thread and wool has a landscape feel to it.



This sample is a freeform sample worked in a variety of threads.


I think last week was a very successful start to the challenge and most people soon embraced the mood of experimentation and embarked on exploring the stitches in their way. As you can see in my update and weekly round up people discovered all sorts of ways to use this stitch and worked it in a variety of ways.

The weekly round up

If you missed out being included in the first community round up, don’t fret as every week I will do the same thing. If you blogged your stitching results after I wrote the link round up you will be included this week. This week I sprung the ‘round up day’ on readers. I realised as I wrote the summary that I have not told people what day I would publish it, so it’s only fair to include any one who missed out this week.

After some thought I decided that I would make it standard practice, each week to link to anyone who has updated their blog or flickr site, even if they are in catch up mode. Sometimes life gets in the way, digital cameras break down, or creativity does not fit in with a timetable so I will just update accordingly.

Put simply if you have added a sample on your blog or flickr site that is related to this challenge I will include you in the weekly summary. This will be published either Saturday or Sunday. This gives people time to stitch and yet leaves time for those who need a bit eye candy to get their inspiration. I am not shifting the deadline as such as I can include anything published after my Sunday round up the following week.

Share but don’t compare

Some people have said they feel intimidated. I want to state this quite clearly. This is a personal challenge not a competition. There are no prizes, no judges and extremely flexible guidelines for a reason. I think competing stifles exploration as people need to feel it’s OK to try something new. The idea is explore stitches and develop a skill. Each person is on a path of their own, at different skill levels, with different approaches, but the common bond is that the journey is shared online with the community. So share but don’t compare is the motto for this week.

An Important Request

When you blog your challenge pieces please remember to link. If you saw something on someone’s blog and it provoked an idea that led you to try something different, please link to them. Apart from being good blog etiquette it is giving credit where it is due. For the person concerned it will also give them a confidence boost particularly if they thought what they did was not that interesting.

The idea behind this challenge is to share your discoveries with the community. To do this people need to link to each other. On a purely practical level it means that readers can explore the network moving from blog to blog. Remember when you first discovered blogs? Remember how you found other people who had the same interests as you by following links? If you don’t link then your readers will not discover the community in the same way you did. Please if you remember whenever you write about this challenge please link to my site or the challenge page Take a stitch Tuesday for the same reason. It means that readers can find the challenge.

Have fun with buttonhole this week and happy stitching!