TAST Week 36

TAST Week 36

So, here is TAST Week 36! Welcome back from our break week. I hope everyone is energised for the final push towards the end of the year. This week I have chosen a relatively easy but versatile stitch to ease back into the TAST challenge. I hope everyone enjoys it!

Feathered chain stitch step 6

Feathered Chain stitch or feathered long tail chain is a fun stitch. For those into crazy quilting, you can zig-zag it across a seam easily. This stitch looks good if you work it row upon row as you can build up a nice pattern to fill an area. You can easily add beads to it too! Take a look at the tutorial for Feathered Chain stitch and have fun with it

Beyond TAST week 36

Beaded Feathered chain stitch step 7
Whipped Long Tail Chain stitch 4

A fun variety of detached chain stitch that is easy to work and wonderfully adaptable. It is called Long Tail Chain stitch but is actually a  detached chain stitch (or Lazy Daisy) with a longer tie-off stitch. In my tutorial for Long Tail Chain stitch there are some techniques for you to explore, have fun with, and combine. As a stitch, it lends itself to beading and other techniques such as lacing and whipping to the spokes, are effective too. It is not too complicated and relatively quick to work and produces interesting results. I hope you have fun with it!

How to join TAST and where to share your samples for TAST week 36

For those who are new to hand embroidery learn the stitch and share what you have learnt. If you are an experienced embroiderer, enjoy Beyond TAST. Add a modern twist to your stitching and share it online so beginners can see what can be done with a little imagination.

Stitch a sample, photograph it, 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 Feathered Chain stitch or the Long Tail Chain stitch stitch 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.

Thread Twisties!


Experimenting with different threads can be expensive. You would normally have to buy a whole skein of each type of thread. So I have made up my thread twisties which are a combination of different threads to use in creative hand embroidery. These enable you to try out stitching with something other than stranded cotton. For the price of just a few skeins, you can experiment with a bundle of threads of luscious colours and many different textures.

These are creative embroiders threads. With them, I hope to encourage you to experiment. Each Twistie is a thread bundle containing silk, cotton, rayon, and wool. Threads range from extra fine (the same thickness as 1 strand of embroidery floss) to chunky couchable textured yarns. All threads have a soft and manageable drape so twisting them around a needle makes experimental hand embroidery an interesting journey rather than a battle.  Many are hand-dyed by me. And they are all threads I use. You may find a similar thread twist but no two are identical.

You will find my thread twisties in the Pintangle shop here.

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