Take a Stitch Tuesday 2023 Week 20

Take a Stitch Tuesday 2023 Week 20

The stitch for TAST 2023 week 20, is Bullion Knot. I know many people feel intimidated by this stitch, but read the tips in my tutorial for Bullion Knot Stitch and hopefully, they will help you. In the tutorial, there are also many illustrations that will help you see where those tips can be used too! They are worth persevering with. This sample illustrates Bullion knots used as the body of this praying mantis.

Bullion knot stitch sample 3

Take a Stitch Tuesday 2023 Week 20 Beyond TAST

For Beyond TAST, I suggest you explore a version of feather stitch, Triangular Feather stitch. This stitch is good to work along the edge of a project or to use as a seam decoration in crazy quilting.

Triangular Feather Stitch

If you add a bead or so it really takes on a different life. You can also build up patterns with this stitch if you work lines face-to-face or back-to-back; the pattern formed is different and makes a very interesting filling stitch. As Usual visit the tutorial to see how it is worked and have fun with  Triangular Feather stitch.

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitch and share what you have learned. If you are an experienced embroiderer, enjoy Beyond TAST and give your work a modern twist. And of course, share it online so beginners can see what can be done with a little imagination.

If you are looking for past TAST stitch challenges the archives are in the Take a Stitch Tuesday category

Where to Share

If you are doing the design challenge you have a month to work a design and stitch it up.

So the idea is to stitch a sample, photograph it, share it in the Take a Stitch Tuesday facebook group, or use the hashtags #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on Instagram.

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

I hope you enjoy this weeks TAST!

Thread Twisties!

Experimenting with different threads can be expensive. You would normally have to buy a whole skein of each type of thread. My thread twisties 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. Twisting them around a needle makes experimental hand embroidery an interesting journey rather than a battle.  Many are hand dyed by me. All are 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.


  1. Hello Sharon, I’m pretty certain I did answer the three questions, I’m bad for that, or good about it, depending on how you look at it. I usually tell people much more than they ever wanted to know, LOL. My request probably fell through a crack in the floor, so I will immediately go over and file my request again. Thanks for getting back to me so quickly.

  2. Hello Sharon, I just finished my sampler and wanted to post it on the group site, I signed up last week, but I haven’t been approved yet. Can you tell me how long this usually takes? Until then, I’ll just keep reading and try to learn the various stitches, Facebook is the only social media I do, so I can’t post anything until I am approved.
    Anxiously waiting,
    Diana Craft

    1. Diana I can’t see your request to join the TAST group – it is automatically declined if you don’t answer the 3 questions ( helps stop spammers) so try again and I will have a hawk eye out for you – usually membership is approved on the day as I check it daily.


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