Take a Stitch Tuesday Stitch 8 Chain Stitch

chain stitch sample 1The next stitch in the  Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST) stitchers challenge  is  Chain stitch. This tremendously useful stitch is quick and easy to do. Chain stitch is also a foundation stitch for a whole family of looped stitches. The trick with all chain stitches is not pull the stitch too tight as a tight tension will pull the loop of the stitch tighter causing a puckered line.

Chain stitch will hold a curve well and is ideal to use to outline a pattern or for lettering. The sample above is a sample worked in cotton perle #5 thread

chain stitch sample 2

This sample is worked in a fine knitting yarn that has a metallic blended thread in it.It is worked on 26 count linen.

Follow the link for step by step directions on how to work chain stitch


How to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitch. If you are an experienced push this stitch in creative manner and share with beginners what can be done with a little imagination.

Where to share

Stitch a sample, photograph it, put in online on your blog, flickr site, share it on facebook or where ever you hang out online, and leave a comment on the  Chain stitch page with your full web address. Don’t forget the http bit of the web address so that your address becomes a live link so that people can click through and see what you have done. Please spread the word about Take a Stitch Tuesday on your social networks.

Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group or on the TAST Flickr group.  If you are a hashtag type person use the hashtag #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page. All stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome

News I have signed with C&T Publishers

Hussif-doily-450I am walking around with a big silly grin on my face as I have signed a book contract with C&T Publishers for my book on Crazy Quilting. After much dithering around, as I was thinking of self publishing, I decided the traditional route and the help of an editor was the way to produce the best book for my readers. Basically I think I will write a better book if I work with a good publisher.  C&T Publishers know textile type people as they specialise in quilting and creative fiber related books and tools. They  publish authors such as Judith Baker Montano, Allie Aller, Valerie Bothell, Jennifer Clouston  and Christen Brown so I feel like I am in good company.

So I am feeling energised, I am sure I will learn heaps and  I think the process will be work but most important it will be fun! This also keeps me on track as

What will be happening on Pintangle?

I am not allowed to share bits of the book as I write it. I will be still running Take a Stitch Tuesday because that is too inspirational and fun not to do. I will also continue adding to the stitch tutorials on this site. Patterns from and posts about the button box quilt and my sampler will continue. To be honest I am not sure at what rate. I will do them as I can manage them.

While I write a book I find blogging more than a few days a week difficult. If things are a bit quite at times please be understanding.  The way I view it is, in the long run, in a decade I will be proud of the book I am working on today, but I will have forgotten the number of emails  I answered today, or the blog post I wrote, or the facebook group admin. What is more of an indicator the people I write to, or tend to in the facebook group etc, will have long forgotten too! In fact I think they will have forgotten within months! These tasks will still of course go on (since I am sitting here writing a blog post!) but both the email and the browser will be closed more often as I try to limit distractions while I work.

Ways to stay in contact

Crazy Quilt Seam Details 565 to 568

Crazy quilt block 86These are some more crazy quilt seam details found on block 86 of my I dropped the button box quilt. This article is part of a series which you can find out more about on the  CQ details FAQ page. With the series I aim give you a few ideas to use on your own crazy quilt projects. Click on the thumbnail of the block if you want to see a larger version, and get the free pattern.

Crazy quilt seam detail 565

Crazy quilt detailThe  first seam is tied herringbone stitch. I threaded the needle with cotton perle #8 and a metallic blending thread normally used in machine embroidery. I threaded them together in the same needle and stitched as I would normally. The seam is about 3 inches long so it was not difficult nor did it take too much patience. I then added tiny sequins to the feet of the herringbone stitches. They are the size of seed beads.

Crazy quilt seam detail 566

Crazy quilt details 566I covered the next seam with hand dyed crochet lace. The lace had a regular  pattern of holes into which I threaded a rayon ribbon and secured it with beads. The ribbon was not pulled tight but I left it to loop and sit proud of the lace.

Crazy quilt seam detail 567

Crazy quilt details567To create this seam embellishment using cotton perle #5 I worked two rows of buttonhole stitch about half and inch apart. I then used a metallic cord to lace the two rows of buttonhole before adding seed beads. Along the bottom row I used some old jewellery findings scavenged from a swap meet (car boot sale). They are in the shape of little flowers so I secured them to the block with sequin and seed bead. Crazy quilting is great for recycling bits and pieces and this is an example of it in action.

Crazy quilt detail 568

Crazy quilt details 568The last detail is  the button cluster which sits at the join between seam details 566 and 567. This group of buttons is a mix of vintage and modern buttons and some larger beads. I hope you have enjoyed the crazy quilt seam details on this block as next post in the series will be block 87 and its pattern.

I dropped button box quilt


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