Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018 Stitch 44

up and down buttonhole sample

Before I announce the stitch for this week I want to say a little about TAST next year. I have recently updated the TAST FAQ page so if you want more detailed information check that out. In Brief TAST will run again next year but Beyond TAST will be different. Each week apart from announcing the TAST stitch, I will announce a Beyond TAST stitch too. My idea is to feature some of the more interesting stitches that currently languish in the stitch dictionary in the Beyond TAST challenge. So, there will be 2 streams to the challenge. One stream for those who have not done TAST before and second stream for those who have.

We start the first Tuesday of the year which happens to be New Years day. We will have 4 catchup/break weeks through the year. Another thing that is changing slightly, is that I restarted up and will promote the the Take a Stitch Tuesday flickr group. This is because many people do not like to use Facebook.

So tell your friends and spread the word – it should be loads of fun and I am always interested to see what people do with the challenge. I look forward to it every week.

OK on with this weeks stitch! TAST Stitch 44 is an interesting version of buttonhole called Up and down buttonhole. This version of buttonhole creates a line of paired buttonhole stitches that are tied at the base. It creates a different look from regular buttonhole, and you can use this stitch in many places you would normally use buttonhole. Using Up and Down buttonhole stitch in place of regular buttonhole creates a different look to your work and adds a touch of individuality rather than being predictable. Apart from that, it’s fun!

Beyond TAST

Beyond TAST is for those readers who have done TAST before or for people who already know the basic embroidery stitches. A new Beyond TAST challenge was announced last week you will find the 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 Up and down buttonhole 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 Up and down buttonhole page with your full web address. Don’t forget the HTTP bit of the web address so that your address becomes a live link 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 Stitchers Templates?

marking a seam using my stitchers Templates

As someone who loves crazy quilting and embroidery, I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my templates, you can create hundreds of different patterns to apply to your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.

To see what they look like, find out about the free ebook of patterns that come with them visit the information pages. You can find out more about set 1 on this page . To find out more about set 2 visit this page
Or go directly to the Pintangle shop to purchase them.

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