TAST Week 15

TAST Week 15

Butterfly chain sample

TAST Week 15

This week for TAST Week 15, the stitch is Butterfly chain. I always feel this stitch is a much under-utilised decorative composite stitch. Once you start playing with it, you will see how versatile and fun it can be to do. Don’t forget to check out the tutorial on how to work Butterfly chain stitch for instructions on how to do it. You will also find some ideas on how you might adapt and use it.

Butterfly chain sample

Beyond TAST

This week I suggest that for those who are doing the beyond TAST challenge they try out Spanish Feather stitch. It can be a bit tricky but then Beyond TAST is supposed to be for those who are intermediate stitchers or those people who have done TAST in previous years. It is sort of stitchers level 2! With that in mind, I challenge you to try something a little trickier!

Where to share your stitching for week 15

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 some 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 wherever you hang out online. Hashtags are #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. If you have a blog leave a comment on the stitch page In other words either Don’t forget your full web address, including the HTTPS 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 book for creative stitchers

Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery book coverIf you enjoy my site you will gain real value from my book:  Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery: Visual Guide to 120 Essential Stitches for Stunning Designs

Feeling stale? Wondering how to add sparkle to your embroidery? I have aimed Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery to be suitable for both beginners and seasoned embroiderers. It introduces techniques to encourage your creative interpretations of stitches. I guide you towards discovering play-points in your embroidery by varying the height and width; by stacking stitches; or by filling multiple rows with the same stitch. With creative variations and demonstrations of tiny tweaks, You will be ready to head off down you own creative path and, of course, illustrated with plenty of eye candy!


  1. Good Morning Sharon,
    Sent you an email yesterday along with photos of both sets of your templates. I have had them for a few years and love using them, but never knew there were pdf files to go with them. Could I please get a copy of them?
    Also hosting a “Crazy Quilt Retreat” In August, 2022 here in Gainesville, Florida. I am a retired shop owner (35 years) and use to take stitchers on needlework tours of France, Italy, Germany, England, Ireland, etc. Mostly they were 25 to 30 stitchers for 8-10 days.
    Noticed that the crazy quilt divas were interested, so my team is working on a 3 or 4 day retreat. The hotel selected is the Fairfield “Marriott” which is 1/2 mile from JoAnn’s, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and Tuesday Morning. Harn Museum, plus, plus, plus and 2 hours from Disney.
    Would you consider setting up a boutique? or…Letting me buy 12 sets of your books (autographed) wholesale and 6 sets of templates (wholesale)? I appreciate your feedback and any input.
    Projects include a custom wooden box with an 8″ lid done in crazy quilting by students with a custom made wooden awl and seam ripper with slots to fit into box. Also have a hand woven small basket we will be creating a lid for, plus swaps of lace, buttons, trims, and a vintage lace and button lecture that I use to give around the nation.
    thanking you so much for any ideas…Sally

    sally criswell

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