TAST Week 21

TAST Week 21

raised herringbone band sample

This week, I would like to introduce you to  Raised Herringbone Band. It is an interesting stitch that is easily forgotten. But it is really remarkably handy once you learn it. This stitch makes a great decorative filler if you work it in a block, row upon row. Or if you work just one line of it, you can create a solid border. This is ideal to frame a motif or to use along the edge of something. You will find a tutorial for Raised Herringbone band in my stitch dictionary. If you need a refresher on how to work Herringbone stitch there is a link in the tutorial.

Beyond TAST Week 21

Buttonholed Herringbone 6

Beyond TAST week 21 is another herringbone variety. It is called Buttonholed Herringbone. I have decided that it is time for some fun. And this stitch is certainly that, as well as being surprisingly useful. This stitch makes a border that is highly textured —like a braid. It is literally a herringbone stitch that has been buttonholed, so check out the tutorial for Buttonholed Herringbone and have some fun with it.  If you work two rows facing each other, you create a line of circles and if you work two rows back to back they become diamonds.

Where to share your stitching for TAST week 21

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 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 Buttonholed Herringbone page, or the  Raised Herringbone Band page. Don’t forget your full web address, including the HTTP 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.

Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery book cover

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!

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