TAST Week 42

TAST Week 42

Half Chevron stitch sample 10TAST Week 42

The stitch for TAST week 42 is Half Chevron stitch. This stitch is an example of a variety comprised of parts of two different stitches that make up a new stitch.  Half Chevron stitch consists of half Chevron Stitch and half Cretan Stitch both have been in the TAST challenge, but if you need a reminder of which is which, then follow the links to the tutorials for a bit of a refresher.

This stitch is fun to use as a simple border, or you can work it row upon row to create a filling pattern. It will also follow a curve and you can use it to couch down threads. Of course, for crazy quilters, it is a fun foundation stitch to embellish seams and you can easily add beads to it. Generally, it’s fun and interesting.

Beyond TAST Week 42

Beaded Hedebo Edge stitch sample
For Beyond TAST, I propose Beaded Hedebo Edge. I am sure stitchers will enjoy this pretty stitch. Beaded Hedebo Edge — as the name indicates — is an edging stitch. But you can use it as a regular decorative stitch too. So the next time you are scratching your head wondering how to edge an item such a fabric postcard, a fabric book page, a Christmas decoration or a needle case and matching pin cushion Beaded Hedebo Edge can finish off an item neatly. As a decorative surface embroidery stitch, it has loads of creative potential. One way of using it is around the edge of paisley patterns. You will find a full step by step tutorial for  Beaded Hedebo Edge in my Stitch Dictionary.

How to join TAST and where to share TAST week 42

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 trying out the Beyond TAST stitch,  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 it online on your blog, or share it in the TAST facebook group or wherever you hang out online. If you have a blog, leave a comment on the Half Chevron stitch or the  Beaded Hedebo Edge 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. My Twisties order arrived today, far sooner than I had expected considering they came all the way from Oz. I am delighted with the bundles – the colours and the variety of threads are astounding. I am going to give some as a Christmas present to a stitching friend. I’m sure she’ll be delighted and in the meantime, I am going to enjoy using them for the TAST challenge myself. Thank you.

    1. HI Lynn – That is a good time I looked up your order and it took 2 weeks! You made my day as having these delays in postage is really hammering small businesses. So it is good to know things are getting back to normal.

  2. I received my order today of the beautiful thread bundles. My husband brought in the envelope from the mailbox and being a retired police officer, he was concerned because the envelope had a lot of dried blood on the outside. Thank you for double wrapping the tread bundles. I didn’t have to dispose anything contaminated with blood. The bundles are gorgeous. Thanks again.


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