Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018 Stitch 20

Stitch 20 in the TAST 2018 challenge is an interesting variety of chain stitch that can be used whenever you want a really strong line. It is called Whipped Chain stitch I have a tutorial that covers two varieties of Whipped Chain but I like the second variety the best. It is just fun!

Whipped chain stitch version 2 step 4

Beyond TAST

It is time for another challenge for people who are doing Beyond TAST. This challenge is for readers who have done TAST before or for people who already know the basic embroidery stitches. The next beyond TAST challenge is to explore linear stitches. There are the obvious ones such Back Stitch, Stem Stitch, chain stitch but have a look at the less obvious ones too such as Whipped Chain stitch, Whipped Double Chain Stitch,  Linked Chain StitchCable Chain StitchThreaded Cable Chain, Twisted Chain Stitch or Rope stitch, Portuguese Stem Stitch or tricky stitches such as Braid Stitch.

The list is longer, of course, because there are numerous stitches that can be used to outline stitches. Don’t forget stitches that are raised, too, because they are linear, meaning they act as lines. Also, some stitches such as Cretan Stitch, and Herringbone stitch can be worked so they create lines that go fat and thin. So the idea is to explore linear stitches find some that can make thick lines, thin lines, changing lines and have fun.

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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 the 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 Whipped Chain Stitch 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 and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be practical and inspiring.

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TAST break week

TAST2012logoThis week is a catch up week for anyone who is struggling a bit to stay up to date with TAST. For those who are all up to day you can take a break. For those who will go through total TAST withdrawal here is a mini challenge …. drum roll ….Take 5 stitches you have learnt in TAST and use them in small project or sample. It does not need to be complicated. The aim is to consolidate and apply what you have learnt so far.  Five stitches on a small project … that is all.

For others who are in catchup mode, this week gives you a little time. Catchup weeks are important particularly for beginners as it is easy to fall a bit behind we all have busy lives. What I hope to prevent is people slipping behind then getting discouraged as the main aim of TAST and the reason I run it is because I love embroidery and love to introduce people to embroidery so I want to see everyone succeed.

Beyond TAST

For those who are on the Beyond TAST challenge nothing changes too much for you. Follow the link to discover the current Beyond TAST challenge and enjoy that. Next week I will announce a new Beyond TAST challenge.

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

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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.

Follow Pintangle and have it delivered to your inbox

You can have Pintangle delivered to your inbox by using the ‘follow’ feature in the sidebar. Just enter your email address, and when you get the confirmation email make sure you click ‘yes’ and you are all set! If you are on a mobile, cell phone or tablet you will need to scroll to the bottom to find the ‘follow’ feature.

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