TAST Week 27

TAST Week 27

TAST Week 27

TAST Week 27 is Barb stitch, which is an easy variation of the buttonhole family. It is quickly worked, making experimentation fun. You will not find it difficult to work if you know how to stitch buttonhole stitch. Check out the Barb stitch tutorial, as it also demonstrates how to work the beaded version too.

Beaded Barb Stitch step 2

Both versions are a very easy and quick to work I hope you enjoy the stitch!

Beyond TAST Week 27

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

The Beyond TAST challenge stitch is Crested Chain stitch which is a bit tricky to start off with, but once you get the swing of moving back and forth it develops a nice feel. It is one of those stitches that looks best in a thread with a firm twist such as cotton perle #5 or #8. I like this stitch chunky, so even #3 is good. You can find a tutorial for stitch Crested Chain stitch. Try it out and have fun.

Crested chain stitch on fabric postcard

Where to share your stitching samples for TAST week 27

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. Share your samples online so that 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 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 Barb stitch page, or the Crested Chain stitch page.

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

Have you seen my Crazy Quilting book?

holding my book in front of quilt

My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results shares detailed practical methods about how to design and make a crazy quilt. From fabric choice, to balancing colour, texture and pattern, in order to balance and direct the eye around the block.  I cover how to stitch, build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be practical and inspiring.


  1. Sharon, I love the stitch of the week, TAST and all your incredibly stitch dictionaries online and love your Crazy Quilts! The best are the completely freestyle way in us using stitches. I come from this from painting and art textiles and art quilting not following any rules. I started working very large but realise with my health forces smaller and smaller work.
    However, despite my no rules approach to most things (please do not ask me to bake :), I would like to make a formal, perfectly straightforward book,box,something of sampler stitches I could then take off in all wild directions and combining them with all Mt he art toys still available. But I’d like to have a beautiful stitches on great quality linen where one can be perfectly straight by counting the holes between the linen. I love the look of your Barb Stitch above. If I get too bored w white, I’m an advanced dyer- I simply need physical help to do it now. Or I’ve gotten addicted to Inktense Pencils in my drawing and am excited to liven things up on cloth as well. Golden colors that replaced the airbrush paints have moved cloth painting along by leaps with their new liquid products that replaced the airbrush paints! Even the additional GAC Fabric medium does not clog holes in needlework canvas at all. Everyone that sees it assumes it’s dyed. It also doesn’t change the drape much or at all in most quilting fabrics..
    Would you share more about how to buy this fine linen online as we are still shut down in the US and wheelchairs do not get me places I need in the NYC Fashion District anymore with a wholesale license which has truly become quite a bother and expensive. I simply need a place that is open to send a few samples and I could buy a roll or bolt or however it is sold And Get Started!

    1. HI Kim thanks for your comment. I am in Australia so buy much of my fabric from https://www.sewitall.com.au
      In the States I use https://www.123stitch.com but you have to message them and ask if what you want can be cut from the bolt as many of their linens are precut. You might find a specialist needlework store that sells fabrics closer.You might find you want different counts as stitches look different when used on different counts. My go to count for demonstrating on is 25cnt as people can see the larger stitching. I use 28 cnt for regular stuff when I want to experiment with a stitch and 32 count for finer samples. I am hoarding higher counts as one day I want to do some reproduction samplers- but that is another story. There is linen and linen cotton mixes which are less expensive but watch out for some as they have started to introduce a small amount of poly in them and that can affect dyes if you use them. Paint not so much. To start with I would buy small pieces to experiment on and try out the hand dyeing and painting once you start it is really addictive and your ideas for a fabric book will will spiral out in many directions. Have fun exploring textiles and embroidery!


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