TAST Week 13

TAST Week 13

Take a Stitch Tuesday Week 13 Basic TAST

Arrowhead Stitch sample 9

Arrow or Arrowhead Stitch is a very quick and easy stitch to work. It is versatile. You can use it for stylish projects on the one hand, and children’s stitching projects on the other.
There are two varieties of Arrowhead Stitch (see the tutorial). One is a horizontal version, and the other is vertical. Both varieties are good examples of a stitch that has a strong geometric structure that enables you to create numerous patterns by arranging the stitches in various ways. It is ideal to work in bands for borders or over an area for fills.

Take a Stitch Tuesday Week 13 Beyond TAST

Plaited Feather Stitch 4

Crossed and Plaited Feather stitch are so similar, I have grouped them together as one stitch, but technically they are two stitches. Both are based on straight-sided Feather Stitch and both involve a second line of overlapping stitches. As usual, to learn how to work this stitch, visit my tutorial for Crossed and Plaited Feather stitch.

In the example, I have used two different threads so that people can see the structure of the stitch. You can work both lines in the same coloured thread. Both versions of this stitch are great to use on borders, to create wide lines, and they are fun to use for couching down novelty bumpy yarns, ribbons, or braids. It is loads of fun to experiment with.

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 on your 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.

Happy stitching!

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Bead Soup

Bead Soup

Add zing to your embroidery with Sharon’s bead soup! Check them out in the Pintangle Shop. These bead soups are not for jewelry, I’ve selected the beads specifically for use in creative embroidery and for working in an encrusted embroidery style. The types and sizes of beads are better suited for stitching to fabric, rather than for making jewelry. With the exception of a few feature beads that you can stitch to fabric as a point of emphasis, there are not many large beads in this mix.


  1. I should have been clearer. I subscribe to pintangle and i subscribe to Susan Carlson, a collage quilter from Maine. I am getting pintangle content, clearly your newsletter, from Susan Carlson. It makes no sense. Im thinking i may need to unsubscribe from both and the resubcribe. Im not sure what else to do.

    Thanks for any assistance or suggestions.

    Theresa muetzel
    1. Theresa – it does sound strange.Perhap Susan also uses wordpress and the software is combining the two so you only get 1 email. It is strange and I don’t have any control over it – sorry

    1. Theresa they are coming from me- I use wordpress (Jetpack) to post them out and Sucuri-net is security software that stops website hacks such as malware and virus spreading


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