TAST Week 3

“WeekTAST week 3  challenge is Buttonhole stitch – or blanket stitch, as many people call it. This stitch is actually the foundation for a whole family of stitches. I don’t want to argue over how hand embroidery stitches are classified, as that can be a bit boring, but some people classify stitches according to the hand movement you need to make in order to create the stitch. I have found that if people think in terms of what hand action they are using, they can make sense of it and it helps build skills. It helps if you group together stitches in families, as you have a rough idea of the sort of movement your hand needs to make.

Grouping hand embroidery stitches in families can be a very helpful way to think about them.  Of course, if the idea of families of stitches just confuses you, don’t worry about it as it is meant to be an aid – a way of thinking about a stitch – not another thing to remember or be confused about.

Also, just try out Buttonhole stitch don’t get yourself tangled in testing a whole family of stitches just because I mentioned it!

Beyond TAST week 3

The Beyond TAST challenge is Reversed Buttonhole Bar which creates a textured braid-like line that can be used as a border or edging.

You can find a tutorial for Reversed Buttonhole Bar in my Stitch Dictionary. This tutorial suggests that you use one line of reverse buttonhole, as all the written references I have seen leave the stitch at that. However, you can increase the number of lines to produce an even more interesting stitch particularly if you use a thread that has a firm twist like cotton perle #5.  I hope you enjoy experimenting with Reversed Buttonhole Bar stitch as once you get the rhythm working, you can be very creative with it.


How to join and where to share

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitch and share what you have learnt. If you are an experienced embroiderer, enjoy Beyond TAST, give your work a modern twist and share it online so beginners can see what can be done with a little imagination.

Stitch a sample, photograph it, put in online. It can be anywhere you hang out online: on your blog, share it in the Take a Stitch Tuesday Flickr group, or in the TAST facebook group. 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.

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.


  1. Hi Sharon, I hope you can help me find a stitch that I think is a version of buttonhole but can’t find it. I thought I’d seen it on one of your stitch references or tutorial. It’s something like a double buttonhole stitch with a picot that can be used on a folded edge to make a pretty finish on a doily etc. I’ve scoured stitching websites, my books and had no luck. Any idea what I’m looking for? Thanks in advance.
    P.S. I’d love to see a good reference for embroidered edging and joining 2 pieces of fabric.

    Carol White
      1. Yaaaaaay yes thank you Sharon. That’s just what I want. Now when I finish my x stitch sampler, I’ll be able to sneak it in as buttonhole stitch with a bit of a wink and a nudge . Getting closer to that part and was dreading the finishing if I couldn’t find the stitch I wanted. You’ve saved me ☮️

        Carol White

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