TAST week 24

Crossed buttonhole stitch sample 2

I hope you all enjoyed your catch-up or break week and either took advantage of the time to catch up or do some other stitching. TAST week 24 is Crossed buttonhole stitch. This stitch is one of those stitches that at first glance looks mildly interesting but once you experiment with it a bit, you will discover it has many possibilities. Don’t forget to check out my tutorial on Crossed Buttonhole stitch for directions and ideas
Crossed buttonhole stitch sample 3

Beyond TAST Week 24

Top Knotted Buttonhole is a variety of buttonhole stitch which works well as decorative edging stitch and holds curves well. When worked in a circle as a disk, it creates a decorative little flower. You can also vary the length of the arms to create patterns or use it as a couching stitch to hold down novelty threads. If you wanted a real challenge you could combine both stitches and try Crossed buttonhole with knots on the top of the bars! Experiment with different angles, sizes and shapes created by the stitch.

top knotted buttonhole step 4

Where to share your stitching for TAST week 24

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 and 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 on your blog, or share it 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 Crossed buttonhole page, or the Top Knotted Buttonhole page.

If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.
Close detail of thread twisties

Thread Twisties!

Experimenting with different threads can be expensive, as you would normally have to buy a whole skein of each type of thread. So I have made up my thread twisties which are a combination of different threads to use in creative hand embroidery. These enable you to try out stitching with something other than stranded cotton. For the price of just a few skeins, you can experiment with a bundle of threads of luscious colours and many different textures.

These are creative embroiders threads. With them, I hope to encourage you to experiment. Each Twistie is a thread bundle containing silk, cotton, rayon and wool. Threads range from extra fine (the same thickness as 1 strand of embroidery floss) to chunky couchable textured yarns. All threads have a soft and manageable drape so that twisting them around a needle makes experimental hand embroidery an interesting journey rather than a battle.  Many are hand dyed by me. All are threads I use. You may find a similar thread twist but no two are identical.

You will find my thread twisties in the Pintangle shop here.

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