This week for TAST Week 15, the stitch is Butterfly chain. I always feel this stitch is a much under-utilised decorative composite stitch. Once you start playing with it, you will see how versatile and fun it can be to do. Don’t forget to check out the tutorial on how to work Butterfly chain stitch for instructions on how to do it. You will also find some ideas on how you might adapt and use it.
This week I suggest that for those who are doing the beyond TAST challenge they try out Spanish Feather stitch. It can be a bit tricky but then Beyond TAST is supposed to be for those who are intermediate stitchers or those people who have done TAST in previous years. It is sort of stitchers level 2! With that in mind, I challenge you to try something a little trickier!
Where to share your stitching for week 15
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 so beginners can see what can be done with some 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 wherever 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 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.
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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.