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)
First 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.
You 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.
I have often substituted the detached chain with oyster stitch to add extra texture. Also I have used this stitch on crazy quilted items.
Adding 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.
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