TAST Week 2

Fly stitch sample 9

TAST Week 2

The stitch for TAST week 2 is Fly Stitch.

I made the sample above using 5 layers of chiffon and netting stitched over with mainly Fly Stitch. Much of the grass/reeds areas are also fly stitch. I mixed the thickness and type of threads to give variety and interest. I hope you find the sample above interesting and that it tempts you to experiment a bit.

Beyond TAST Week 2

hand embroidered sample of Italian Border Stitch Italian Border Stitch is very versatile. Worked in a compact manner close together the knots form a neat line that can be used as an edge or on a border.
Since this stitch is actually a variety of fly stitch it can be worked in a circle to create disk-like flowers and of course, you can easily add beads. Since Italian Border Stitch can be opened out to form a V you can also arrange it in patterns. As I said, it is really very versatile. I hope you have fun with it.

How to join TAST 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 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 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 In other words either Fly Stitch or Italian Border Stitch. Don’t forget your full web address, including the HTTPS 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. With my templates, you can create hundreds of different patterns to use in 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. And we laser cut them ourselves in our own studio workshop to ensure the highest quality.

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 both sets by simply going to our Pintangle shop.


  1. Thank you for posting all of the beautiful and creative variations for the buttonhole stitch. You just saved me a lot of design work this week. I’m sure you know that some weeks a stitcher is just plain running flat out, so getting some ideas for the assigned stitch is much appreciated.

    Bernadette Houghton
  2. Hi Sharon. Happy New Year! I love your sample illustration of fly stitch. I have used it in a similar fashion on a postcard and it worked out beautifully. Looking forward to trying the Italian version. Thank you for sharing your expertise. It is greatly appreciated

    Joan Flynn
  3. I love your blog and just enrolled in a crazy quilt class and am thumbing through your book to learn more about the process. Can’t wait to get the rulers and get started—thanks for the new stitches to try out.


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