TAST week 36

Welcome back from our break week. I hope everyone is energised for the final push towards the end of the year. This week I have chosen a relatively easy but versatile stitch to ease back into the TAST challenge. I hope everyone enjoys it!

Feathered chain stitch step 6
Feathered Chain stitch or feathered long tail chain is a fun stitch. For those into crazy quilting you can zig zag it across a seam easily. This stitch looks good if you work it row upon row as you can build up a nice pattern to fill an area. You can easily add beads to it too! Take a look at the tutorial for Feathered Chain stitch and have fun with it

Beyond TAST week 36

A fun variety of detached chain stitch that is easy to work and wonderfully adaptable. It is called Long Tail Chain stitch but is actually a  detached chain stitch (or Lazy Daisy) with a longer tie-off stitch. In my tutorial for Long Tail Chain stitch there are some techniques for you to explore, have fun with, and combine. Beaded Feathered chain stitch step 7As a stitch, it lends itself to beading and other techniques such as lacing and whipping to the spokes, are effective too. It is not too complicated and relatively quick to work and produces interesting results. I hope you have fun with it!
Whipped Long Tail Chain stitch 4

How to join TAST and where to share your samples for TAST week 36

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

Stitch a sample, photograph it, 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 Feathered Chain stitch or the Long Tail Chain stitch stitch page. Don’t forget your full web address, including the HTTP part of the web address so that it becomes a live link. It means 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. Use my templates, to create hundreds of different patterns to apply to your stitching projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.

For more information, see what they look like, find out about the free ebook of patterns visit the information pages in the shop where you can also purchase them.


  1. I just have a question about the beads being added to the end of the stitch. I have heard that each bead needs to be individually sewn down. These are just added so they are not sewn with bead thread?

    CarolA Kettlewell

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