TAST Week 1

chain stitch sample 1

New Years Day and it’s the start of a new TAST challenge. First, let me welcome you all to Take a Stitch Tuesday 2019! I hope everyone is energised and up for it. I am certainly looking forward to seeing what everyone does this year.

For those who are new to TAST, the first 20 or so stitches are the foundation stitches of hand embroidery. If you are new to hand embroidery, it is a good idea to learn these 20 stitches and master the hand movements associated with them. This will give you the skill to pick up most other stitches in TAST or in any other embroidery challenge.

So try to hang in there for at least the first 20 weeks. Hopefully, by the end of 20 weeks, you will be so addicted to stitching that to not complete the rest of the stitches in TAST would feel like a huge lost opportunity in your life!

Just to give everyone the heads-up there will be 48 stitches this year and 4 catchup/break weeks.

Also, Beyond TAST for those who have done TAST before or are intermediate stitchers, will have a stitch each week. My idea is to feature some of the more interesting stitches that currently languish in the stitch dictionary.

Anyway, let’s dive in and get on with you start to TAST 2019!

Week 1 for Take a Stitch Tuesday is Chain stitch. This is a tremendously useful stitch that is quick and easy to do. Chain stitch is a foundation stitch for a whole family of looped stitches. The trick with all the chain stitches is to not pull the stitch too tight, as a tight tension will pull the loop of the stitch tighter causing a puckered line.

Chain stitch will hold a curve well and is ideal to use to outline a pattern or for lettering. The sample above is a sample worked in cotton perle #5 thread

chain stitch sample 2

This sample is worked in a fine knitting yarn that has a metallic blended thread in it. It is worked on 26 count linen.

Beyond TAST Week 1

For those who have done TAST before, or if you already know the basic embroidery stitches I hope you take the opportunity this year to enjoy Beyond TAST. Every week there will a stitch announced for people who have either done TAST or are intermediate to advanced stitchers.

So what is the first stitch? There are many varieties, versions, spin-offs and riffs on common Chain stitch. In fact well over 100, but for this week, I am going to point people in the direction of Linked Chain stitch. Linked Chain is like many of the varieties of chain stitch which make an interesting linear stitch that follows a curve well. The beaded version is fun too! Try it and see how you go.

Where to share

Stitch a sample, photograph it, put in online on your blog, or share it in the Take a Stitch Tuesday Flickr group, or in the TAST facebook group or where ever you hang out online. Hashtags are #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. If you have a blog leave a comment on the stitch page with your full web address. Don’t forget the HTTP(S) 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.

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 fit compactly 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.


  1. I just found this challenge and joined!!! I am behind so I’m doing week #1 today and will post when done then go straight to week#2, hope to get caught up soon.
    Thanks for creating this challenge not only will I learn some new stitches but I’ll have to dust off my blog!

  2. I too had a bit of a time getting to a linked chain I liked. And never mind beading it .., none of the beads I wanted to use fit over the threaded needle I was using. Sigh, I didn’t want to use honking big beads …

    I put a photo up in the albums on the Facebook group for TAST. Thanks again for providing a forum for all us stitchers to share and chat. I also use Flickr but the group there hasn’t been too active. Eventually I will post on my blog about this cloth but I am not as quick there lately.

    Happy New Year to all!


  3. Hi Sharon. So Nice to hear about the TAST 2019.

    I love TAST. I am all excited. This was an answer to my prayers.
    I was thinking of taking up embroidery after a prolonged illness.
    So I will start with TAST.

    Previous years I did participate on and off. But I do read and follow these stitches.
    Thanks a lot. I learnt a lot from you.
    This Year I will try to participate in all the weeks.

    Wishing you all a Happy New Year and great time on TAST 2019

  4. Muito feliz por fazer parte do grupo e poder participar. Parabéns pelo projeto.

    Very happy to be part of the group and able to participate. Congratulations on the project.

    Maria Regina Carvalho
  5. Hi Sharon – Happy New Year.

    Love the TAST and Beyond TAST — hope to actually do it this year as bought stuff this time around before the year started instead of trying to play catch-up. Thank you for all you glorious inspiration.

    I was wondering if you were going to offer the Stitch File PDFs anymore as I can not find them in the store. I was also thinking a Stitch File for 2019 TAST and a Stitch File for 2019 Beyond TAST would be awesome.

  6. I don’t do any social network postings but read your TAST stitches in Google news. Is there other ways to receive it without all the Facebook, Flicker, blog stuff in the event Google stops posting your Tuesday stitches?

  7. Sharon, Thanks again for running the TAST stitches in 2019. I have several crazy blocks started and plan to use the TAST stitches to make progress on them during the year. Your post has got me excited about getting these blocks done!

    Marjorie Hair

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