TAST Week 32

Alternating Up and down buttonhole 7TAST Week 32

The stitch for TAST week 32 is  Alternating Up and down Buttonhole. This stitch is a bit tricky if you are beginner, as you need to know regular Up and Down Buttonhole which was stitch 22 in the challenge. If you are a new hand to embroidery, you can jump into the challenge any time you wish but you may want to take a look at the first 20 or so stitches in this challenge as they cover all the basic hand movements required in basic embroidery. Once you have these down you can build on your skills. This week’s stitch is an example of this, as you can build on skills learnt in a previous week.

Anyway, back to Alternating Up and down Buttonhole as it forms a decorative line of paired stitches which you can further decorate with stitches or beads. You can splay the two arms out a bit for a more twiggy look. Since it is based on buttonhole stitch, this stitch will follow a curve well. You can also work it row upon row to form a patterned fill.

Beyond TAST week 32

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

The stitch for Beyond TAST week 32 is an interesting version of chain stitch called triple chain stitch. This stitch is a fun easy and quickly worked up. Since it is a variety of chain stitch that is wonderful for organic type motifs but I am interested to see how experienced stitchers use it.

Triple Chain Stitch

As usual, there is a tutorial for triple chain stitch in my Stitch Dictionary.

Where to share your stitching samples for TAST week 32

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, 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 and want to share what you have done leave a comment with a link on the Alternating Up and down Buttonhole page, or the triple chain stitch 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.

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