What is TAST?
Take a Stitch Tuesday is a hand embroiderers challenge. The idea is to work as many of the TAST  stitches as you can. Each stitch is listed below.  You can do 1 a month, 1 every 2 weeks or 1 a week. It is totally up to you. This challenge is guilt free and designed for busy people who want to build their hand embroidery skills.

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.

You can stitch on anything. There is no particular project. The idea is experiment with stitches. They can be small samples on scraps of fabric or doodle cloths. Some people make a band sampler, others a fabric book, some work the stitches on a crazy quilt block, while others  use fabric postcards, and ATCs (Artist Trading Cards).  The challenge is to work the stitch. The fabric you stitch on, the format you choose or project you make is totally up to you.

The TAST badge is stitched by Annet of Fat Quarter who has kindly allowed the use of her image as the TAST  logo. You may use the badge on your blog (right click and save the image to your desktop)

How to join in

The challenge is for new hands to learn the stitch or if you are an experienced stitcher take the stitch and push it a little further in a creative manner. Be creative and share what you have done.

Where to Share

The whole point of this challenge is to share what you have learnt and done.   Photograph your sample, put in online somewhere such as  on your blog, flickr site, share it on facebook or where ever you hang out online, and leave a comment with your  full web address so people can visit your page and see what you have done.  In other words put your address in the comment and include the http:// bit as then it will become a live link. Make it easy for people to visit you.

Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group or on the TAST Flickr group.  If you are a hashtag type person use the hashtag #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc.

Please link back to Pin Tangle. 

Please if possible link back to Pintangle, and share information about it so that people hear about the challenge. 

TAST Stitches by number

Alphabetically listed TAST stitches



177 Responses to TAST FAQ

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  3. Lee says:

    I really appreciate the concise directions and pictures. These are very helpful especially as a lefty where I need to make some adjustments to stitches!

  4. Debbi says:

    I did join the Facebook group, but I also like other social media. I’m wondering if there’s a tag or hashtag anyone’s used to identify these? Could also be used on FaceBook. I tired to look up #TAST on Instagram, but hardly anything came up for embroidery, it then went to #taste and longer words from there.
    Maybe #TASTembroidery ?

    • sharonb says:

      Debbi to be honest you are the first person to ask The #TASTembroidery makes sense so I have added it to the post. Also have posed the question in Facebook as to what hash tags people want to use and #PintangleTAST has beed suggested

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  6. Yamini says:

    Hi Sharon I am super excited to start my TAST 2015!! I am a beginner and this site is just a great way to get started with hand embroidery.

  7. Janet says:

    I have just discovered this but I am definitely going to take up the challenge! Woo hoo. I love embroidery. I am going to commit to doing two a week through 2015. BIG committment!

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  18. Tenar says:

    Once again, I’m following TAST for a few stitches – and I have created a page with links to my tast postings – or let’s better say I’m in the process of doing so.

    Sharon, I only wanted to ask if that page is ok or if you think that’s leeching on your content.

    • sharonb says:

      Looks OK to me Tenar as you are linking not copying which is the correct thing to do online -good netiquette if you like

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  20. Je poste un petit com simplement pour complimenter

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  22. Pingback: TAST Nos. 104 + 105 | CrazyQstitcher

  23. Pingback: Sharon’s stitches by number, 91-94 | CrazyQstitcher

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  25. Pingback: Sharon’s stitches by number 75- 79 | CrazyQstitcher

  26. Pingback: Stitches by number- 71, 72, 73, 74 | CrazyQstitcher

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  34. queeniepatch says:

    Just in case you want to see what I did with a BEADED version of #58 Woven Detached Chain Stitch:

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  36. Soku says:

    Hi Sharon,
    My samples

  37. Everything is very open with a really clear clarification
    of the challenges. It was definitely informative. Your site is
    useful. Thank you for sharing!

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  43. Anneliese says:

    Hello Sharon, I must tell you how very practical this is, to find your stitches by number (or letter). I missed the stitches 53 – 55 and could so easily find them today on your list, copy them and stitch them high up on the mountain into my new little stitch reference booklet – which I just started. Thank you for this wonderful site.

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  45. Peggy Kimble says:

    I love Queenie’s crown.
    I am curious about the challenge – I have only seen my Palace Gates and Queenie’s Crown – are these the only two challenge pieces, or have I missed more somehow?

    • sharonb says:

      Peggy people leave links to their web pages on the comments at the latest TAST post. Follow the link in the second paragraph of this page

  46. Peggy Kimble says:

    Will this do as a link ? You can tell am cmputer illiterate !

  47. Peggy Kimble says:

    Tast 55 is pretty and nice to do. Thank you.
    When Challenge is done do we take picture and post on SF as usual ? or – keep until April 2nd – and then ?

    I don’t know how to post on Pin Tangle ??

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  49. Just thought I’d show the sampler I made for the first 52 TAST stitches I have learned. It has been such a pleasure to learn them all. Many thanks, Sharon.


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  51. Dear Sharon,
    I’ve finally finished my TAST-piece 2012! It contains all of last year’s stitches and a few extra’s. The measurements are 37×39 cm. It has been great fun working on this piece and interacting with all the other TASTers. Thank you very much,

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  53. Margaret says:

    here is the link for the knotted fether stitch, I do not know if I am posting it in the right place, please let me know Sharon if I have done it wrong.

  54. wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  55. Nancy Taber says:

    I want to do the rerun on 2012, And also continue with 2013, I am learning so much and I retired in July so I can give this so much more attention,. Thank You

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  57. gailllc says:

    I am working through the TAST 2012 stitches in numbered order starting next week — doing a TAST 2012 re-run. Anyone doing the same, feel free to access my list of stitches/dates (or whatever might be helpful to you) by clicking through to my new blog for it (click on my name above.)

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  60. Brittany says:

    Well that is so ME to find a fun challenge towards the end of the year! Will you be starting a new TAST next year, or should I try to play catch-up so late in the challenge? I’m a very new embroiderer, and this looks like a perfect way to get more experience. :) You are amazing and I love the site! :)

    • sharonb says:

      Brittany – I might continue this next year ( I am not sure yet) but I would suggest you start at the beginning and do at least the first 12 stitches because all the foundation stitches are covered there. If you do those when you get to the more complex stitches you will be able to do them. As I say I am not yet decided about next year but no matter what if you do the basics it will set you in good stead.

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  64. Peggy Kimble says:

    Sharon – when you show the pictures of the ones you chose each week, I have not seen some of them. I just get them from StitchinFingers, where can I find the others ? They don’t seem to be in Pin Tangle.

    Thankyou for all the work you do. Peggy

    • sharonb says:

      Peggy the challenge is run from pintangle every Tuesday – just go to the blog front page and for back links either go to the category or check the bottom of the TAST FAQ page as there is a list of all the stitches. People often leave comments here (on the blog ) and not at stitchin fingers. In fact there is another whole crowd on Facebook who I never see too. It is one of the problems with social media it is very diverse! As I say every week when I post the challenge people are supposed to leave a comment here.

      • Jessica says:

        Hi! I found your site yesterday or the day before & just found out about TAST… and I may try it! Do you ever go back to the beginning? Also, are these good for beginning stitchers?


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  80. Yuma Tatter says:

    Sharon, can you please continue placing each week’s link on this page? I am not online often during the summer, and it’s so much easier to come here to get the stitches I’ve missed. Thanks.

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  85. I am trying to play a mad game of “catch up” with the “Take A Stitch Tuesday” challenge — but is it no longer possible to link my sampler stitches to the originating home page of that week?
    Here is my Cretan Stitch link:
    and my Herringbone:
    more on the way ….

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  90. Bernice O says:

    Another stitch that was new to me….and I enjoyed. That makes things go more quickly. http://timeusebybernice.wordpress.com/

  91. Bernice O says:

    I really enjoyed week 28….Up and Down Buttonhole stitch. I don’t think I did it quite the way the directions said…but the stitch result is the same. Anyway it was a fun stitch. http://timeusebybernice.wordpress.com/

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  94. Bernice O says:

    I really struggled with the Bonnet stitch for week 27. I had to look at a number of different directions and try for 5 days before I got it. Oh well that was a long learning curve. for me.

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  97. I’d never heard of the Palestrina stitch before and I really enjoy doing it! http://quiltisland.blogspot.com/2012/07/palestrina-stitch.html

  98. Bernice O says:

    week 26 Palestrina stitch completed….. Thanks http://timeusebybernice.wordpress.com/

  99. Latha says:

    Thank you Sharon for TAST. I am really enjoying this. I used to do embroidery long back and now its time to catch up all that and learn new stitches and I am so excited.

  100. Bernice O says:

    As I looked back it seems I have missed posting my progress. I have kept up each week but only posted on my blog and not here. oh well….. http://timeusebybernice.wordpress.com/

  101. Bernice O says:

    Week 25 cable chain was a bit of a struggle as when I made a mistake I had a problem getting out of it and restarting. Of course it got better as I did more.

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  103. Well, I am now sufficiently inspired to join in. ha! Took me long enough to figure out what TAST is–after weeks of seeing stitch samples on flickr and now finally finding stitchin fingers. I am so excited to find all you do Sharon B.!! I think it’s just what I needed. I know the most of these stitches. I do some of them in beaded embroidery. But I am rusty, rusty, rusty on quite a few. So this is going to be really good for me. THANK YOU, SHARON!!!!

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  127. Nope that link didnt show, sigh.
    I am redirecting to my stitchinfingers page :- http://stitchinfingers.ning.com/profile/NicolaThomson

  128. You will find the pic at the abiove place..still do not understand this Im afraid.

    • sharonb says:

      Nicola all comments are moderated by me to combat spam comments. when you leave a comment – you should have that written on the screen saying the comment is moderated and waiting approval.

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  131. medha devdas says:

    wheatear stitch is very interesting .i liked it very much
    thank you

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  134. Just had to say that I’ve found a new stitch to love!!!
    Week 16 Wheatear :)
    Thank you, Sharon X

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  136. Berice O says:

    Week 16 already! My how time flies when…..you are trying something new. I did French Knots as flower centers when I was a child. This reminded me of the struggle they were but how Neat I thought them to be. Being Snow Birds and getting ready and leaving Yuma, AZ for the summer + had me rushing to keep up once again. My goal is to KEEP UP!

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  138. Liz Figures says:


    week 16. hope i’m putting this in the right place.

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  144. sharonb says:

    Mary You are more than welcome to join in. The stitch of the week is announced every Tuesday and there is a list of past stitches on this page.

    • Anna Brown says:

      Hi Sharon,

      You might want to edit your instructions for
      bonnet stitch in your dictionary. Especially the
      left and right parts and through and not through
      the fabric at the beginning.


      • sharonb says:

        Hi Anna – yes in fact the whole stitch dictionary is getting a good look at soon as it is an old site that was hand coded in 1996 as old static web pages. By the end of this year I hope to have a complete overhaul and in a format that will I can change and update the pages more frequently.

  145. Mary says:

    What a nice project ! May I join in ? Which is the current stitch to practise ?
    Congratulations for your embroideries.

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  147. Sandhya says:

    this is my favourite stitch – thank you for a lovely 15 weeks. am looking forward to the rest of the year! http://knitspurlsandhooks.blogspot.in/2012/04/tast-15-stem-stitch.html

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  150. Pin Tangle becomes more fascinating to me each time I look around.
    I am interested in receiving your newsletter. I really want to be in the loop, as such don’t want to miss anything. If there is a cost involved, please let me know.
    Thank you, Lynnette Olson

  151. I am really enjoying the experience! Thank you, Sharon :)

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  153. Arlene says:

    I’m totally confused. Can’t find this week’s post on satin stitch–did I dream it???–so don’t know where to link to my blog.

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  156. DOMYR974 says:

    peut on encore participer à ce TAST ???? je sais que vous en etes sur la fin… mais ne peut on pas repartir de la semaine 1?
    j’attends impatiemment votre réponse car je trouve fantastique ce TAST !!! je ne le connaissais pas et je viens de le découvrir !!! merci par avance (j’habite à l’ile de la Réunion )

    • Je crois que vois pouvez commencer quand vous voulez. Nous sommes seulement a la 14e semaine. Si vous voulez recommencer a la premiere, ce n’est pas une probleme.

      Which (in bad French) was roughly – I think you can start when you like. We’re only on week 14. If you want to go back to week 1, it’s not a problem.

  157. Diane says:

    Thank you, Sharon. I have met so many cyber friends while participating in your challenge. I really appreciate all you do for the stitching community. This is my second time doing TAST.

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