TAST Week 28

Breton stitch sample

TAST Week 28

TAST week 28 is Breton stitch which I describe as a sort of twisted herringbone. I like to think of it as herringbone with its knickers in a twist. This sample is worked in rayon ribbon floss. Here, I have changed the height of the stitches to create an undulating pattern. But normally, Breton stitch is worked in a line.   Once you have learnt this stitch and have the rhythm it is quick to work and surprisingly easy. It makes a good border or if you work it row upon row, it makes an interesting filling stitch. Changing the spacing of the stitch can completely change to look and feel.

Beyond TAST Week 28

Beyond TAST is a challenge for those people who have done TAST before. It is also for those who already know the basic embroidery stitches.

The Beyond TAST challenge stitch is Diamond stitch
Diamond stitch sample

Diamond stitch is an interesting patterned stitch that you can use as fill or a line. I will be interested to see how people explore it.

Where to share your stitching samples for TAST week 28

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 Breton stitch page or the Diamond stitch page.

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.


    1. Thanks Nancy I am pleased to let you know I have another book coming out in Novemeber on creative stitches – basically it is 120 stitches that lend themselves to innovation and I show you how to do that


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