TAST Week 15

This week for TAST Week 15, the stitch is Butterfly chain. I always feel this stitch is a much under-utilised decorative composite stitch. Once you start playing with it, you will see how versatile and fun it can be to do. Don’t forget to check out the tutorial on how …

Diagonal Straight and Back Stitch

Diagonal straight and back stitch sounds like a mouthful but it has a nice working rhythm as it consists of one straight stitch then a stitch that is worked back on itself, a bit like half a back stitch. Diagonal Straight and Back Stitch stitch creates a simple, quick fill …

TAST Week 14

The stitch for TAST week 14 is an interesting version of Chain stitch, called Cable chain stitch. This is a pleasant stitch to work because you can develop a good easy-paced rhythm. It is also a very useful stitch, as it is a linear stitch that can follow a curve …

TAST Week 13

The TAST Week 13 challenge this week, is to experiment with Buttonhole Wheel which is a fun and easy stitch. These are often used to form small floral sprays making them useful stitches for crazy quilting and surface embroidery, but you can also use them in a contemporary manner too. You …

Chinese Cross Stitch

Chinese Cross Stitch is a great little stitch, not often seen, but works up into a very useful filling or border stitch. It looks great as a decorative surface stitch on even weave fabrics and is extremely simple to work. I have also found that this stitch can be scattered …

Zig-Zag Whipped Back Stitch

Zig-Zag Whipped Back Stitch is worked on a foundation of three rows of back stitch. If you need a reminder on how to Back Stitch you will find it here. Work your foundation rows in a loose manner because you have to whip them. This means they will tighten as …