Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018 Stitch 31

Stitch 31 TAST2012logo for Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018 is Vandyke Stitch which is one of those useful hand embroidery stitches that is traditionally used as a border stitch – but you can use it in other ways. Vandyke Stitch is very versatile. For instance, if you like working floral motifs, by varying the width you can create nice leaf shapes that have a central line up the spine of the design.  One way I use it is to vary the length of the arms – you can create interesting waving lines and shapes very easily. I have also used it to couch down novelty threads using just one side of the stitch to secure the novelty yarn. You can also build it up, row upon row as a filler stitch.

I hope you enjoy stitch 31. You will find a tutorial for Vandyke stitch here

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

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 Vandyke 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 Vandyke Stitch page with your full web address so that people can visit your site and see what you have done.

If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.


  1. Sharon, thank you. Love this stitch. I’m brand spanking new to hand embroidery (new to anything that involves a threaded needle), I’m designing a sampler which has Roman/Romanian & Leaf stitch for leaves. Could I use “Vandyke” for leaves as well? Trying to build my repertoire on flower & leaf stitches at the moment 🙂

    Susan Mc
    1. New stock arrived literally an hour ago – so as soon as I have packaged some up a paypal buy button will go on the site too ! Give me a day or so as I know there are good few people waiting


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