Another week has flown by and here is my TAST piece - this week we were to do Crossed Buttonhole. It is a simple modification of the regular Buttonhole stitch, with the upward "arms" crossed. Once again I have done a small sampler, with a few variations. The first two rows have evenly crossed "arms", the second row being a narrow cross with an elongated detached chain stitch added. The other three rows have angled uneven arms. In the fourth row I have stacked the stitch, and the fifth row is a back to back repeat. I tried to do a mirror image, but just couldn't get my head around it; I think I'd have to do a left-handed version from right to left and after several stabs at it (ok, sorry, that was a bad pun!) I gave up. I found this an easy stitch to do, and I
can see great possibilities for it along a CQ seam with some beading added. Thanks Sharon for another great week. Can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve for us next!
Thought I might pass this along for what it's worth: I have been saving my leftover ends and bits of threads and putting them in this clear Christmas ornament (below). I won it at our Embroiderers' Guild Christmas meeting, and the suggestion was made to fill it with bits of threads from a project. At the time I wasn't quite sure if I would do that... but once I got going on the TAST Challenge, I thought it might be fun to look back and see each week's threads, built up in layers. It's looking rather full already!
"The greatest accomplishment is to make work seem simply like play." ~ Linda LaTourelle