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I learned to embroider when I was a kid, when everyone was really into cross stitch (remember the '80s?). Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on...read more

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TAST Embroidery Stitch Challenge


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The fly stitch is the embroidery stitch this week for Sharon’s Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge. If you’re unfamiliar with the challenge, you can check out all the details on her site, Pintangle.

So far, Sharon has presented the following stitches. For the majority of the stitches, you’ll find video tutorials here. The only one I don’t have a video tutorial of is the Algerian Eye.

  • Week 1: herringbone
  • Week 2: buttonhole
  • Week 3: detached chain
  • Week 4: cretan
  • Week 5: chevron stitch
  • Week 6: algerian eye
  • Week 7: feather stitch
  • Week 8: fly stitch

On her site, Sharon has demonstrated creative ways to use these stitches in hand embroidery. There are plenty of photos to inspire. As the challenge has progressed, she has published “round up” pages with hundreds of links to the people participating in the challenge – so if want to browse through a creative world, this is a good way to spend a lazy, rainy Saturday.

I’m afraid I will be ducking out of the challenge for a while, as I don’t have time to participate as I would like to. However, I’ll still check it out now and then to see what’s up and to browse through the contributions.

I hope everyone has fun with it!


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  1. Hi Mary,
    I live and die by your youtube videos!!!! SO I am doing a complicated pattern that calls for the Amazon stitch ( for a leaf) and I cant find anything anywhere about it. Do you know if it is know by another name?
    Thank you so much
    Your, Bandy Hunter Lee

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