TAST Week 28

TAST Week 28

Breton stitch sample

TAST Week 28

TAST week 28 is Breton stitch which I describe as a sort of twisted herringbone. I like to think of it as herringbone with its knickers in a twist. This sample is worked in rayon ribbon floss. Here, I have changed the height of the stitches to create an undulating pattern. But normally, Breton stitch is worked in a line.   Once you have learnt this stitch and have the rhythm it is quick to work and surprisingly easy. It makes a good border or if you work it row upon row, it makes an interesting filling stitch. Changing the spacing of the stitch can completely change to look and feel.

Beyond TAST Week 28

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

The Beyond TAST challenge stitch is Diamond stitch
Diamond stitch sample

Diamond stitch is an interesting patterned stitch that you can use as fill or a line. I will be interested to see how people explore it.

Where to share your stitching samples for TAST week 28

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 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 Breton stitch page or the Diamond stitch page.

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. I have borrowed this book from the library and it is amazing, will be adding to my collection… I am working on my own piece, the book gave me the confidence to get started and the visual inspiration I needed.

    Joanne Saunderson

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