For TAST week 22, I am proposing an interesting version of buttonhole called Up and Down buttonhole. This version of buttonhole creates a line of paired buttonhole stitches that are tied at the base. It creates a different look from regular buttonhole. And you can use this stitch in many places where you would normally just use buttonhole. Using Up and Down buttonhole stitch in place of regular buttonhole creates a different look to your work. Use it to add a touch of individuality!
Beyond TAST Week 22
For beyond TAST, try this version of Interlaced Up and Down Buttonhole. It consists of two rows of Up and Down buttonhole worked back-to-back in an interlaced manner. It forms a really attractive band —ideal to use on a border or a seam decoration on a crazy quilt. Check out the tutorial!
Where to share your stitching for TAST week 22
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 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 Up and Down buttonhole page, or the Interlaced Up and Down Buttonhole page.
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!
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