TAST Week 27

TAST Week 27

TAST Week 27 is Barb stitch, which is an easy variation of the buttonhole family. It is quickly worked, making experimentation fun. You will not find it difficult to work if you know how to stitch buttonhole stitch. Check out the Barb stitch tutorial, as it also demonstrates how to work the beaded version too.

Beaded Barb Stitch step 2

Both versions are very easy and quick to work I hope you enjoy the stitch!

Beyond TAST Week 27

Beyond TAST is a challenge for those people who have done TAST before, or for those who already know the basic embroidery stitches.

The Beyond TAST challenge stitch is Crested Chain stitch which is a bit tricky to start off with, but once you get the swing of moving back and forth it develops a nice feel. It is one of those stitches that looks best in a thread with a firm twist such as cotton perle #5 or #8. I like this stitch chunky, so even #3 is good. You can find a tutorial for stitch Crested Chain stitch. Try it out and have fun.

Crested chain stitch on fabric postcard

Where to share your stitching samples for TAST week 27

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. Share your samples online so that 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 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 Barb stitch page, or the Crested Chain stitch page.

If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.

Have you seen my Crazy Quilting book?

holding my book in front of quilt

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.

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