TAST Week 3

TAST Week 3


TAST week 3

TAST week 3 challenge is Buttonhole stitch – or blanket stitch, as many people call it. This stitch is actually the foundation for a whole family of stitches. People classify embroidery stitches in different ways. I like to classify stitch families according to the hand movement you need to make in order to create the stitch. I have found that if you think in terms of your hand actions, it’s easier to make sense of it. That way, you already have a rough idea of the sort of movement your hand needs to make.

Grouping hand embroidery stitches in families can be a useful way to think about them.  Does the idea of families of stitches just confuse you? Don’t worry, it is just meant to be a way of thinking about a stitch – not a big thing.

Also, just try out Buttonhole stitch don’t get yourself tangled in testing a whole family of stitches just because I mentioned it!

Beyond TAST week 3

The Beyond TAST challenge is Reversed Buttonhole Bar which creates a textured braid-like line that can be used as a border or edging.

You can find a tutorial for Reversed Buttonhole Bar in my Stitch Dictionary. Here, I suggest you use one line of Reverse Buttonhole, as all the references I have seen leave it there. However, you can increase the number of lines to produce an even more interesting stitch, particularly if you use a thread that has a firm twist — like cotton perle #5.  I hope you enjoy experimenting with Reversed Buttonhole Bar stitch. Once you get the rhythm working, you can be very creative with it.


How to join and where to share

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, 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. It can be anywhere you hang out online: on your blog, share it in the Take a Stitch Tuesday Flickr group, or in the TAST facebook group. Hashtags are #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. If you have a blog leave a comment on the stitch page with your full web address.

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

Have you seen my Stitchers Templates?

marking a seam using my stitchers Templates

As someone who loves crazy quilting and embroidery, I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my templates, you can create hundreds of different patterns to apply to your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box. And we laser cut them ourselves in our own studio workshop to ensure the highest quality.

To see what they look like, find out about the free ebook of patterns that come with them visit the information pages. You can find out more about both sets by visiting our  Pintangle shop.


  1. I had started doing these just on a piece of linen. However, because I wanted them as a learning aid both for myself and my granddaughter, I went on line and ordered luggage tags. Because they are clear on both sides, you can see the work and I can label the stitches and what threads I used on the back. The tags also seal and have a hole in the top so they can all go on a ring. It’s a win/win!

    Melody Baugh

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