What is TAST?
Take a Stitch Tuesday is a stitchers challenge. If you are interested in taking the challenge, decide how many stitches you want to work from the list below and then set about doing it. Every Tuesday I will post a hand embroidery stitch to add to the list. But if you can not work a stitch week decide on 20 in a year or 1 a month. It is up to you. Which stitches you work is up to you too!
If you are learning embroidery the challenge will be to learn the stitch. If you are experienced the challenge is to push the stitch creatively.
Once you have worked a sample, you need to photograph it and put it online at your blog, flickr etc then swing back to the Last TAST post (you will find it under the category each week) and leave a comment that includes your web address. This enables people to visit your site and see what you have done and if you are new hand give you encouragment!
Do I have work a stitch a week?
No. Each stitch is numbered. If you want to work 10, 20, 30 or 50 stitches in a year that is OK. You choose the number and set your own goal.
How do I know where to link?
On this blog if you click on the title of the page you will open the post on a page of its own and you can copy the web address in the top bar.
Is all the TAST material in one place?
Yes you can read back through TAST articles by browsing Challenges - Take a Stitch Tuesday category
The TAST Design Challenge for experienced stitchers
In 2013 for people who are more experienced stitchers every 4-6 weeks I will propose a design challenge. I will suggest the use of 3-5 stitches particular stitches and see what people can do with them in a small project. I will let people know the time frame they will have at least 4-6 weeks to work on it. I hope this is interesting for intermediate and advanced stitchers and expose new hands to the huge variety of expression available to an embroiderer.
When you leave a comment
When you leave a comment leave it on the latest TAST post. People will not find your comment if you dot them all over the blog and this means you will get less visitors! That is sad, after going to the effort of stitching a sample then photographing it and getting it online. Take the last little step and leave you message in place people will see it.
Include your full web address not just a flickr name or blog name.
Don’t forget to leave your full web address in the comment. Copy your full web address from the address bar at the top of your browser window. Include the http:// bit as then it will become a live link. Leave your address in the comment itself so people can just click on the link and visit your site. Make it easy for them and they will visit you.
When did it start?
It started on January 3rd 2012 and continues so join in anytime.
What does it Cost?
The challenge is free.
Are beginners welcome?
All skill levels are welcome. I suggest beginner cover at least the first 12 stitches in the challenge then branch out to others.
Where do I sign up?
No need to sign up just play along
Please link back to Pin Tangle.
Please link back to Pintangle, so that people hear about it. Help spread the word and do it as often as people often miss hearing about it first time around!
How come Tuesday is Monday?
I live in Australia and will publish each Tuesday morning in Australia. For many people this will mean they see it appear on Monday evening. Australia crosses the International date line earlier that is all.
I dont have a blog or flickr site can I join?
Yes you can join. If you dont have a blog, flickr account or stitching fingers page you are more than welcome to join. This blog is open and published online for all to read. All you need to do it visit each Tuesday and stitch along.
However, since half the fun is about sharing and seeing what others stitch, I encourage you to start a flickr site, or start a blog.
Can I do some stitches and not others?
Yes If you want to swing in and out of the challenge as a busy life dictates that is fine.
Do I have to do all the stitches?
No choose any number you like. Decide to stitch 5, 10, 30 all stitches it is up to you. Choose a number and set your goal. Your challenge is to meet your own goal.
What do I stitch on?
Fabric … no seriously you can stitch on anything you choose. I usually use a 25 cnt or 27 cnt even weave linen but if you look at my band sampler I not only use linen but I also use Aida, and even regular dressmaking fabrics. On the Sampler FAQ I discuss the fabrics I used. These are just suggestions as it is up to you what foundation fabric you choose.
Do I have to stitch a sampler?
No you can stitch on anything. Some people are starting a band sampler but it is definitely not a must!
What is the Project?
There is not particular project at all. The idea is experiment with stitches. They can be small samples on scraps of fabric or doodle cloths. Some people are going to make a band sampler, others are making fabric books, others working the challenge stitches on a crazy quilt block or project, while others are going to use fabric postcards, and ATCs (Artist Trading Cards). The challenge is to work the stitch. The format or project is totally up to you.
Will we have break weeks?
Obviously those folks who elect to stitch 10 stitches in year or how ever many you choose will have weeks off, but I know some people try and keep up with what stitches I post. For those folks I will be taking the odd week off.
Do I have to write my post in English?
No. Today we have the marvellous tool of Google Translate. English readers can translate what you write using it.
Do we have a blog badge?
Yes we have a badge. You may use the badge (right click and save the image to your desktop) It is a piece stitched by Annet of Fat Quarter. Annet took the previous TAST challenge and made a fabric book of samples this is the cover and she has kindly allowed the use of her image as the TAST 2012 logo. Visit her site for full details.
Interesting work will be featured
Two to three times a month, I will link and point to samples that participants have stitched. These feature spots draw attention to creative and interesting work. All past features and posts relating to TAST are in the Take a Stitch Tuesday category
TAST Stitches by number
- Stitch 1: Fly Stitch
- Stitch 2: Buttonhole Stitch
- Stitch 3: Feather Stitch
- Stitch 4: Cretan Stitch
- Stitch 5: Herringbone Stitch
- Stitch 6: Chevron Stitch
- Stitch 7: Detached Chain Stitch
- Stitch 8: Chain Stitch
- Stitch 9: Couching
- Stitch 10: Running Stitch
- Stitch 11: Whipped Wheel
- Stitch 12: Barred and Alternating barred chain
- Stitch 13: Satin Stitch
- Stitch 14: Stem Stitch
- Stitch 15 : French Knot
- Stitch 16: Wheatear stitch
- Stitch 17 : Crossed buttonhole
- Stitch 18: Half Chevron
- Stitch 19: Bullion Knot
- Stitch 20: Butterfly Chain
- Stitch 21: Knotted Cretan
- Stitch 22: Buttonhole Wheel
- Stitch 23: Cable Chain Stitch
- Stitch 24: Palestrina stitch
- Stitch 25: Bonnet stitch
- Stitch 26: Up and Down Buttonhole stitch
- Stitch 27: Basque stitch
- Stitch 28: Oyster Stitch
- Stitch 29: Algerian Eye stitch
- Stitch 30: Cast on stitch
- Stitch 31: Pekinese Stitch
- Stitch 32: Linked Double Chain
- Stitch 33: Sheaf stitch
- Stitch 34: Pistil stitch
- Stitch 35: Drizzle stitch
- Stitch 36: Knotted buttonhole
- Stitch 37: Beaded Hedebo Edge
- Stitch 38: Knotted loop stitch
- Stitch 39: Italian Border stitch
- Stitch 40: Buttonhole Wheel cup
- Stitch 41: Closed Base Needlewoven Picot
- Stitch 42: Open Base Needlewoven Picot
- Stitch 43: Magic Chain
- Stitch 44: Portuguese Border Stitch
- Stitch 45: Arrow or Arrowhead Stitch
- Stitch 46: Buttonhole Eyelet Flower
- Stitch 47: Berry stitch
- Stitch 48: Knotted Cable Chain stitch
- Stitch 49: Knotted Feather Stitch
- Stitch 50: Inverted Feather Stitch
- Stitch 51: Raised Herringbone band
- Stitch 52: Triangular Feather Stitch
- Stitch 53: Herringbone square
- Stitch 54: Laced Square Herringbone
- Stitch 55: Buttonholed Herringbone
- Stitch 56: Sailors Stitch
- Stitch 57: Sailors edge
- Stitch 58: Woven detached chain stitch
- Stitch 59: Breton Stitch
- Stitch 60: Diamond Stitch
- Stitch 61: Up and Down Feathered Buttonhole
- Stitch 62: Raised Cross Stitch Flower
- Stitch 63: Scroll Stitch
- Stitch 64: Top Knotted Buttonhole
- Stitch 65:
TAST Stitches by Letter
- Algerian Eye stitch
- Arrow or Arrowhead Stitch
- Barred and Alternating barred chain
- Basque stitch
- Beaded Hedebo Edge
- Berry stitch
- Bonnet stitch
- Breton Stitch
- Bullion Knot
- Butterfly Chain
- Buttonhole Stitch
- Buttonhole Eyelet Flower
- Buttonhole Wheel
- Buttonhole Wheel cup
- Buttonholed Herringbone
- Cable Chain Stitch
- Cast on stitch
- Chain Stitch
- Chevron Stitch
- Closed Base Needlewoven Picot
- Cretan Stitch
- Crossed buttonhole
- Detached Chain Stitch
- Diamond Stitch
- Drizzle stitch
- Feather Stitch
- Fly Stitch
- French Knot
- Half Chevron
- Herringbone square
- Herringbone Stitch
- Inverted Feather Stitch
- Italian Border stitch
- Knotted buttonhole
- Knotted Cable Chain stitch
- Knotted Feather Stitch
- Knotted Cretan
- Knotted loop stitch
- Laced Square Herringbone
- Linked Double Chain
- Magic Chain
- Open Base Needlewoven Picot
- Oyster Stitch
- Palestrina stitch
- Pekinese Stitch
- Pistil stitch
- Portuguese Border Stitch
- Raised Cross Stitch Flower
- Raised Herringbone band
- Running Stitch
- Sailors Stitch
- Sailors edge
- Satin Stitch
- Scroll Stitch
- Sheaf stitch
- Stem Stitch
- Top Knotted Buttonhole
- Triangular Feather Stitch
- Up and Down Buttonhole stitch
- Up and Down Feathered Buttonhole
- Wheatear stitch
- Whipped Wheel
- Woven detached chain stitch
IF I forget to post that current weeks stitch browse the Take a stitch Tuesday category (the most recent stitch is at the top just scroll down for others)