TAST Week 36

Welcome back from our break week. I hope everyone is energised for the final push towards the end of the year. This week I have chosen a relatively easy but versatile stitch to ease back into the TAST challenge. I hope everyone enjoys it!

Feathered chain stitch step 6TAST Week 36

Feathered Chain stitch or feathered long tail chain is a fun stitch. For those into crazy quilting, you can zig-zag it across a seam easily. This stitch looks good if you work it row upon row as you can build up a nice pattern to fill an area. You can easily add beads to it too! Take a look at the tutorial for Feathered Chain stitch and have fun with it

Beyond TAST week 36

A fun variety of detached chain stitch that is easy to work and wonderfully adaptable. It is called Long Tail Chain stitch but is actually a  detached chain stitch (or Lazy Daisy) with a longer tie-off stitch. In my tutorial for Long Tail Chain stitch there are some techniques for you to explore, have fun with, and combine. Beaded Feathered chain stitch step 7As a stitch, it lends itself to beading and other techniques such as lacing and whipping to the spokes, are effective too. It is not too complicated and relatively quick to work and produces interesting results. I hope you have fun with it!
Whipped Long Tail Chain stitch 4

How to join TAST and where to share your samples for TAST week 36

For those who are new to hand embroidery learn the stitch and share what you have learnt. If you are an experienced embroiderer, enjoy Beyond TAST. Add a modern twist to your stitching and share it online so beginners can see what can be done with a little imagination.

Stitch a sample, photograph it, 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 Feathered Chain stitch or the Long Tail Chain stitch 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.

My next book is available on Pre-order

Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery book coverMy book Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery: Visual Guide to 120 Essential Stitches for Stunning Designs is out in November preorders are available now!

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned embroiderer, Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery gives you techniques to encourage and develop a fresh and creative embroidery style. Discover play points in your embroidery, explore variations in height and width, stacking stitches, or using repetitions of the same stitch to create areas of texture and shape. All these and more will give you creative variations and demonstrations of small tweaks for big effects to send you down your own creative path, all richly illustrated with plenty of eye candy. with plenty of eye candy.


  1. OMG, Sharon! I just visited the Amazon preview of your new book. The six pictures are of amazing work. It must be a stunningly beautiful book. It’s on my list as a Christmas present. I don’t know where your creativity comes from – I can only say it’s a gift from God!!!


    1. Thanks for the response, Sharon. A pleasure to hear from you. Please keep up the good work. It’s a joy to see your embroidery samples and I’m looking forward to owning your lovely book.



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