Welcome to TAST Week 24. Did you all enjoy your catch-up or break week? I hope you either took advantage of the time to catch up or do some other stitching. TAST week 24 is Crossed buttonhole stitch. This stitch is one of those stitches that at first glance looks mildly interesting but once you experiment with it a bit, you will discover it has many possibilities. Don’t forget to check out my tutorial on Crossed Buttonhole stitch for directions and ideas.
Beyond TAST Week 24
Top Knotted Buttonhole is a variety of buttonhole stitch which works well as decorative edging stitch and holds curves well. When worked in a circle as a disk, it creates a decorative little flower. You can also vary the length of the arms to create patterns or use it as a couching stitch to hold down novelty threads. If you wanted a real challenge you could combine both stitches and try Crossed buttonhole with knots on the top of the bars! Experiment with different angles, sizes and shapes created by the stitch.
Where to share for TAST week 24
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 it 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 Crossed buttonhole page, or the Top Knotted Buttonhole page.
If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.
Have you seen my Crazy Quilting book?
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.