Take a Stitch Tuesday Stitch 68 Slipped Detached Chain Stitch

This week we have a simple but versatile stitch. Slipped detached chain is often called tulip stitch and is one of those easy quick stitches that lends itself to variation. It is so simple people overlook slipped detached chain as a stitch to experiment with.

You can work the chain part of the stitch in one thread and change threads for the slipped straight stitches.

You can change the height of the detached chain and vary the angle of the straight stitches. It is effective worked in perle threads, wool, ribbon and fine metallic cords.

To work Slipped Detached Chain (Tulip stitch)

Slip detached chain step by step directionsFirst you make a single detached chain stitch.

Bring your needle up on one side of the detached chain. Slide your needle under the tie of the detached chain. Take the thread through and insert on the other side of the detached chain.

You can have one two or more of these base stitches at varying angles.

sample of Slip detached chain stitchYou can arrange the stitch in various patterns and being quick it is ideal to sprinkle as an isolated stitch over a large area. Also you can work them in rings.

sample of Slip detached chain stitchI have often substituted the detached chain with oyster stitch to add extra texture. Also I have used this stitch on crazy quilted items.

sample of Slip detached chain stitchAdding a bead or metallic thread adds even more zest. I hope you enjoy this weeks stitch!

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How to join TAST (Take a stitch Tuesday) 

It is not complicated. All you need to do is stitch a sample of this stitch or ANY of the stitches listed on the TAST FAQ page.

Once you have worked a sample,  photograph it and put it online at your blog, flickr etc then swing back to the Last TAST post (you will find it under the category each week)   and leave a comment that includes  your web address. When you leave a comment include the http:// part of the address as then your address becomes a link and readers will be able easily visit and see your sample. Remember you can leave a comment about any stitch you have worked as long as it is listed on the TAST FAQ page.

Any special rules?

There are no rules but I do have a request, please link back here.

Further information

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.

You can read back through TAST articles by browsing Challenges –  Take a Stitch Tuesday category

Other groups and networks that are part of TAST

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


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14 Responses to Take a Stitch Tuesday Stitch 68 Slipped Detached Chain Stitch

  1. Hi Sharon,
    Happy to know that you are getting better. it must be hard for you to work on your projects when you are not feeling well.
    I missed this stitch when it was announced, in the catching up phase, the stitch sampler-
    Thank you,

  2. SusieW says:

    I’ve uploaded the last 4 stitch samples to my Flickr site. You can view them here http://www.flickr.com/photos/susie_w/ I was caught up for about 1 minute and then a new stitch came out ….. sigh …. But I do love the process, so onward!

  3. Annet says:

    I’m still playing catch-up. Today I wrote about my buttonhole bar:

  4. Take a Stitch Tuesday Stitch 68 Slipped Detached Chain Stitch – pintangle.com annily30 – annily30 – ?????? http://hexun.com/21317395/default.html

  5. Liz Eph says:

    I’m just about keeping up here, – here’s my Coral stitch. Looking forward to the slipped chain. http://thethreadbear.blogspot.fr/2013/05/inchies.html

  6. Triche Osborne says:

    Great idea, to use oyster stitch in place of the chain. I like the extra texture of oyster, so I’ll have to try it out with this.

  7. Angela says:

    Thanks Sharon! I really like this stitch and will use it again!

  8. Terry Whyte says:

    I’m having fun doing these stitches. I have posted 7 samplers using stitches 10 to 16 on my blog here http://todayinkenogami.blogspot.ca/2013/05/take-stitch-tuesday_28.html#comment-form

  9. Annet says:

    This is one of my favourite stitches! Here’s my weekly post with old slipped detached chain stitches:

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