This week the challenge for take a stitch Tuesday is Linked double chain. I found this stitch in an old embroidery book called The Batsford encyclopaedia of embroidery stitches by Anne Butler.
Linked Double Chain is an interesting variety of chain stitch. If you are a beginner you might like to make sure you are familiar with chain stitch and with twisted chain stitch since Linked double chain consists of two chain stitches worked side by side which are linked with twisted chain to form a line.
To work the stitch start with a single very open chain stitch. It is a bit sloppy looking as you can see.
Next work a second chain next to the first stitch so that the two stitches are side by side.
At this stage the y look a little like buttonhole stitches.
Bringing the point of the needle out a short space down the line to be stitched. Cross the thread over the needle, then wrap the thread under the needle point.
Pull the needle through the fabric.
What you are doing is working a twisted chain stitch into the base of the first two stitches.
If you are unfamilar with twisted chain stitch you will find the directions here
At this point it should look like this.
Next work two chain stitches side by side emerging from the base of the Twisted Chain.
Continue along the line in this manner.
This is a marvellous stitch as it will follow a curve well and lends itself to all sorts of interesting experimentation.
You can widen the chain stitches and play with spacing
It looks particularly effective if you use a thread with a firm twist.
Silk ribbon also works well with this stitch. It lends itself to being embellished with beads too.
I hope you enjoy experimenting with this stitch
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!
How to join in
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.
Any special rules?
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 include it in the feature.
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You can read back through TAST articles by browsing Challenges - Take a Stitch Tuesday category
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