TAST Week 5 Highlights

My morning routine to approve comments and visit the sites over a quiet coffee has been a little disrupted as I was in Sydney last week. That said as soon as I was back to wanted to see what everyone had done.

If you have not taken the time to browse the links left by people doing the challenge do make time to do so as you otherwise you are missing out.

Once again there are some fantastic samples stitched this week and once again I have had trouble keeping the highlights to 5.

My first highlight is a bit different this week as I want to point people towards the Tuesdays Stitchers blog who area  group that are working the TAST and / or the Crazy Quilt Journal Project 2012 challenge. 

The first sample is from Can the Leopard Change its Spots a freeform sampler which worked in different threads.

Highlights this week for me include a sample which is a variety of Kiku herringbone shared on Japanese Temari

I really enjoyed looking at the samples worked over on Fat Quarter

A very contemporary sample has been worked over on Art the Beautiful Metaphor

Hopscotch has worked a freeform ring of herringbone

Anneliese has also worked in rings on a painted background

This delightfully fresh sample worked on gingham is to be found over on Sane and Crazy quilting

Also over on Konnykards – Musings of a Senior Citizen there is an interesting series of small samplers 

I also delighted in this representation of a village from Anna Kousi 

That’s it for the highlights this week. I hope you enjoyed them. Tomorrow there is a new stitch.

Further information on the FAQ page

If you need further information on the challenge a list of stitches covered so far or directions on how to participate please visit the TAST FAQ page.

You can read back through TAST articles by browsing Challenges –  Take a Stitch Tuesday category

Other groups and networks

You can also share your explorations with other members on the social network site of your choice. There is a Facebook TAST 2012 page,   stitchin fingers group and the flickr TAST site. These sub groups are set up by the request of members you do not have join any of them.

How to work Herringbone Stitch

Herringbone stitch idea 1Herringbone Stitch is an old favourite of mine and many other stitchers. It is a versatile crossed stitch that can be worked for a border, as a fill, or along a curved line. You can use it in various forms of surface embroidery and it is a traditional stitch used on crazy quilting.  It is not a difficult stitch, making it ideal introductory stitch for beginners, yet it is versatile enough to be interesting for experienced stitchers.

It is an old traditional stitch used in many parts of the world and known by many other names such as Mossoul stitch, Persian stitch, Russian stitch, Russian cross stitch, plaited stitch, catch stitch, and witch stitch.

How to embroider Herringbone Stitch

Herringbone stitch is worked from left to right along parallel lines.

step by step how to work Herringbone stitch 1Commence by bringing the needle out on the top left-hand side of the line to be worked.

Make a small stitch on the lower line which points to the left, pull the thread through.

step by step how to work Herringbone stitch 2Insert the thread on the upper line a little to the right and make a small stitch which points to the left and pull the thread through.

step by step how to work Herringbone stitch 3Continue in the manner along the line

Ideas on how to use Herringbone Stitch

As I have said there are many things you can do with Herringbone stitch. You can create patterns by working row upon row. This sample is worked in a hand dyed variegated perle #5 thread on 26 count linen. I worked the herringbone stitches then added the bugle beads afterwards. It would make an ideal filling pattern on any project that needed an area covered in decorative stitches. Imagine this worked on a luxury fabric such as silk and used on an evening bag or purse.

Herringbone stitch idea 2This sample is also Herringbone stitch worked row upon row but this time I have offset (or back to back) the rows. The fabric is hand dyed Aida cloth and the blue thread is cotton perle #5. I worked the rows and then added the beads. Once again this pattern is a good filling stitch

Herringbone stitch idea 3This is another sample of two rows of herringbone this time worked in wool before I added the bugel and seed beads. It would make a great border pattern.

Herringbone stitch idea 4

You can change the height of the stitch and use it to fill a shape.

Herringbone stitch idea 5 Another idea is to alternate between working small and large stitches. If you do this it will create a whole new batch of patterns and the combinations are many!

Herringbone stitch idea 6You can overlap lines of the stitch and stack them. This is fun particularly if you change your threads.

Herringbone stitch idea 7Herringbone stitch can also be used to couch down another thread or ribbon. this sample is on a piece of crazy quilting and I have further decorated it with seed beads stitching in the hills and valleys of the stitch.

Herringbone stitch idea 8Herringbone combines easily with other stitches. This sample is is herringbone stitch tied with fly stitch.

Herringbone stitch idea 9

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For the Love of Stitching Sampler – Band 355


This band of stitching is made up of two rows of tied  herringbone stitch


The herringbone is worked in DMC perle #8 thread and it is tied with a hand dyed cotton .


Linda, 27cnt evenweave fabric produced by Zweigart


Procion dyes for the cotton thread


This section of the sampler was worked in November 2007.




The For Love of Stitching Band Sampler is 15 cm (6 inches) wide. It consists of different strips of fabric which are are stitched together to form one long strip. It currently measures 24.8 yards or 22.75 metres long and I have more bands to add.


Sampler FAQ
For the full back story on this piece visit the Sampler FAQ page.


All posts in the series are in the category  the Love of Stitching Band Sampler.