TAST Week 13

TAST Week 13

Buttonhole wheel stitch sample 4

The TAST Week 13 challenge this week, is to experiment with Buttonhole Wheel which is a fun and easy stitch. These are often used to form small floral sprays making them useful stitches for crazy quilting and surface embroidery, but you can also use them in a contemporary manner too. You will find a full tutorial on the Buttonhole wheel page, alongside ideas on how to use it in your stitching projects. The same page has a tip on controlling the stitch if the edges flick up, and information on half and quarter buttonhole wheels.

Beyond TAST for week 13

Buttonhole wheel cup sample

This stitch is simply fun. Buttonhole wheel cup is raised from the foundation fabric. Start with a buttonhole wheel and work detached buttonhole stitches into the edge, building up rows to form a cup. It is loads of fun, and you can easily add it to contemporary embroidery pieces or work them as flowers. It makes an excellent middle of a flower or daffodil. Have fun with it and see what you come up with. I also frequently use it in contemporary embroideries, such as my heavily textured pieces. You will find the tutorial for buttonhole wheel cup here. Explore it and enjoy!

Where to share your stitching for week 13

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. That way, 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 the  Buttonhole Wheel page or the Buttonhole wheel cup page. 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.


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.


  1. I received my packages of threads. Love all the colors and textures. Thank you for selling these in yard lengths so we can sample and not have to buy a whole skein or spool.

    Karen Sinn

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