TAST Week 21

raised herringbone band sample


TAST Week 21

This week, I would like to introduce you to  Raised Herringbone Band. It is an interesting stitch that is easily forgotten. But it is really remarkably handy once you learn it. This stitch makes a great decorative filler if you work it in a block, row upon row. Or if you work just one line of it, you can create a solid border. This is ideal to frame a motif or to use along the edge of something. You will find a tutorial for Raised Herringbone band in my stitch dictionary. If you need a refresher on how to work Herringbone stitch there is a link in the tutorial.

Beyond TAST Week 21

Buttonholed Herringbone 6
Beyond TAST week 21 is another herringbone variety. It is called Buttonholed Herringbone. I have decided that it is time for some fun. And this stitch is certainly that, as well as being surprisingly useful. This stitch makes a border that is highly textured —like a braid. It is literally a herringbone stitch that has been buttonholed, so check out the tutorial for Buttonholed Herringbone and have some fun with it.  If you work two rows facing each other, you create a line of circles and if you work two rows back to back they become diamonds.

Where to share your stitching for TAST week 21

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 Buttonholed Herringbone page, or the  Raised Herringbone Band 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?

holding my book in front of quilt

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.

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