TAST Week 11

TAST Week 11

ideas for French Knots sample 2 wisteria


TAST Week 11

I love Tuesday mornings as there is always a sense of anticipation wondering how people will react to the stitch of the week. For TAST week 11 the stitch is French Knots. French Knots are lovely on their own, or as little accents in part of a design. In the sample above I have worked french knots in silk ribbon.

Many people have a frustrating time learning this stitch, so visit my tutorial on How to work French Knots, as I have some tips there to help you.

Beyond TAST Week 11

Take a Stitch Tuesday Stitch 77 sample


Pistil stitch is a French Knot with a long tail. You guessed it The Beyond TAST challenge stitch for week 11 is Pistil stitchYou can use Pistil stitch for the centre of flowers or arrange it in a circle to make a flower motif. If you experiment with threads you can have fun as the thread thickness will determine the size of the finished stitch and the look of the flower. You can work this stitch using lots of different threads such as cotton perle #8 and #5, fine braids, some knitting yarn and silk ribbon. Experiment and have fun!

As Usual, I have a tutorial for Pistil stitch in my stitch dictionary. I hope you have fun

How to join TAST and where to share your samples for week 11

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 Take a Stitch Tuesday Flickr group, or 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 French Knots page or the Pistil stitch page

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

Next week – a Break week

Just a little housekeeping notice. Next week will be the first in the year of the break/catch up weeks. There will be 4 ‘breaks’ throughout the year. Since week 12 marks 3 months into the year, this will be our first catchup week. For those who are up to date with TAST, you can take a little break. For others who are in catchup mode, this week gives you a little time. No guilt! It is easy to fall a bit behind as we all have busy lives.


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.

For more information, see what they look like, find out about the free ebook of patterns visit the information pages in the shop where you can also purchase them.


  1. I have a question about Milliner’s needles for French knots. I purchased Size 10 but the eye is too small to accept my DMC Perle #5. I am using Embroidery Size 4 and having some trouble pulling through a thin fabric. Thanks for your thoughts or suggestions to improve my outcome!

    Eleanor Uhlinger
    1. Eleanor – if the thread is thick and fabric is thin – you will have troubles so I suggest you re-enforce the fabric with interfacing or back it with a cotton fabric and work in a hoop so puckering does not become an issue – hope this helps


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