TAST Week 17
The stitch for TAST week 17, is Bullion Knot. I know many people feel intimidated by this stitch, but read the tips in my tutorial for Bullion Knot Stitch and hopefully, they will help you. In the tutorial, there are also many illustrations that will help you see where those tips can be used too! They are worth persevering with. The sample above illustrates Bullion knots used as the body of this praying mantis.
For people doing the Beyond TAST challenge this week, I would like you to experiment with Buttonhole Picot. In my tutorial, I have two versions. One is made with a Bullion and the second is made with a chain stitch. I always find the second, an easier way to work. I would be interested to hear what others think.
Where to share your stitching for TAST week 17
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 either the Bullion Knot Stitch or the Buttonhole Picot. 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 book?
My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results shares detailed practical methods about how to design and make a crazy quilt. From fabric choice, to balancing colour, texture and pattern, in order to balance and direct the eye around the block. I cover how to stitch, build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be practical and inspiring.