As experienced stitchers know the chain stitch family has numerous varieties. This week the challenge is Barred chain and Alternating barred chain. The two stitches are similar and I have grouped them together as one. Now that is living dangerously isn’t it!
Just like chain stitch both of these varieties are linear stitches that can be easily worked on all types of fabrics in straight lines or following curves.
Both are easy and quick to work and can be worked in a large variety of threads but size of the stitch will be influenced by the weight of the thread used.
Since the appeal is based on the textured nature of these two stitches they can be successfully combined with other textured stitches.
This means that both stitches can be used as thorny outbursts in floral motifs if you are a traditional stitcher. (Yes ‘thorny outburst’ sounds like a teenage mood swing but I am sure readers will undestand what I mean)
This factor in combination with explorations varying the length of the spines, or the size of the chain, spacing of the spines, width of the line, weight and texture of the thread, should keep most contemporary embroiderers intrigued. Explore the scale you work in and I am sure you will have interesting results.
I have noticed in the comments that some people are starting to have a hard time keeping up. Do people want a rest or catch up week where no stitch is posted?
Leave a comment on this post and vote yes for a catch up week or no.
I will count the votes and I will follow the majority.
It does not matter to me as I already have next weeks post in draft but we do lose people when life gets in the way and they feel they can’t catch up. The other thing that happens is quality drops as time means peopel dash of a quick sample so they can keep up. So far this challenge has been fantastic and I would prefer to let folks catch up before focus suffers and engagment drops.
In the meanwhile
Once again the challenge is:
For new hands to learn the stitch
If you are an experienced stitcher take the stitch and push it a little further in a creative manner or combine this stitch with one of the stitches already covered in TAST 2012. If you have worked a sample in a previous challenge feel free to post a link in comments as it will inspire people but if you have time do try another sample and do something different and new!
Stitch a sample, take a photograph of it, put in online in your blog, flickr site or on stitchin fingers page, swing by here and leave a comment with your full web address so people can visit and see your sample.
There are no rules but I do have a request, please link back here.
Interesting work will be featured
Each week I will feature samples that participants have stitched order to draw attention to creative and interesting work. This means some work will be re-published. I will credit and link to the owners website but I assume that when you leave your link here, I have your permission to feature your work. If you do not want your work to be featured please say in the comment you leave and I wont do it.
Yes you can read back through TAST articles by browsing Challenges - Take a Stitch Tuesday category
If you need further information on the challenge a list of stitches covered so far or directions on how to participate please visit the TAST FAQ page.
Other groups and networks
You can also share your explorations with other members on the social network site of your choice. There is a Facebook TAST 2012 page, stitchin fingers group and the flickr TAST site. All these sub groups are set up at request of members.