The TAST Week 13 challenge this week, is to experiment with Buttonhole Wheel which is a fun and easy stitch. These are often used to form small floral sprays making them useful stitches for crazy quilting and surface embroidery, but you can also use them in a contemporary manner too. You will find a full tutorial on the Buttonhole wheel page, alongside ideas on how to use it in your stitching projects. The same page has a tip on controlling the stitch if the edges flick up, and information on half and quarter buttonhole wheels.
Beyond TAST for week 13
This stitch is simply fun. Buttonhole wheel cup is raised from the foundation fabric. Start with a buttonhole wheel and work detached buttonhole stitches into the edge, building up rows to form a cup. It is loads of fun, and you can easily add it to contemporary embroidery pieces or work them as flowers. It makes an excellent middle of a flower or daffodil. Have fun with it and see what you come up with. I also frequently use it in contemporary embroideries, such as my heavily textured pieces. You will find the tutorial for buttonhole wheel cup here. Explore it and enjoy!
Where to share your stitching for week 13
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. That way, 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 Take a Stitch Tuesday Flickr group, or 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 stitch page In other words either the Buttonhole Wheel page or the Buttonhole wheel cup page. 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
If 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 your own creative path and, of course, illustrated with plenty of eye candy!