TAST week 3
TAST week 3 challenge is Buttonhole stitch – or blanket stitch, as many people call it. This stitch is actually the foundation for a whole family of stitches. People classify embroidery stitches in different ways. I like to classify stitch families according to the hand movement you need to make in order to create the stitch. I have found that if you think in terms of your hand actions, it’s easier to make sense of it. That way, you already have a rough idea of the sort of movement your hand needs to make.
Grouping hand embroidery stitches in families can be a useful way to think about them. Does the idea of families of stitches just confuse you? Don’t worry, I just mean it to be a way of thinking about a stitch – not a big thing.
Also, just try out Buttonhole stitch don’t get yourself tangled in testing a whole family of stitches just because I mentioned it!
Beyond TAST week 3
The Beyond TAST challenge is Reversed Buttonhole Bar. This creates a textured braid-like line that you can use as a border or edging.
You can find a tutorial for Reversed Buttonhole Bar in my Stitch Dictionary. Here, I suggest you use one line of Reverse Buttonhole, as all the references I have seen leave it there. However, you can increase the number of lines to produce an even more interesting stitch, particularly if you use a thread that has a firm twist — like cotton perle #5. I hope you enjoy experimenting with Reversed Buttonhole Bar stitch. Once you get the rhythm working, you can be very creative with it.
How to join and where to share
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 to help beginners see what they can do with a little imagination.
Stitch a sample, photograph it, put it online. It can be anywhere you hang out online: on your blog, share it in the Take a Stitch Tuesday Flickr group, or in the TAST facebook group. Hashtags are #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc.
If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.
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