TAST Week 22

up and down buttonhole sample

TAST Week 22

For TAST week 22, I am proposing an interesting version of buttonhole called Up and Down buttonhole. This version of buttonhole creates a line of paired buttonhole stitches that are tied at the base. It creates a different look from regular buttonhole. And you can use this stitch in many places where you would normally just use buttonhole. Using Up and Down buttonhole stitch in place of regular buttonhole creates a different look to your work. Use it to add a touch of individuality!

Beyond TAST Week 22

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 11

For beyond TAST, try this version of Interlaced Up and Down Buttonhole.  It consists of two rows of Up and Down buttonhole worked back-to-back in an interlaced manner. It forms a really attractive band —ideal to use on a border or a seam decoration on a crazy quilt. Check out the tutorial!

Where to share your stitching for TAST week 22

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 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 Up and Down buttonhole page, or the Interlaced Up and Down Buttonhole page.

If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.

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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.


    1. Hi Rachael
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