This week the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge stitch is Twisted Chain stitch or Rope stitch. These are two very similar stitches. Rope stitch is twisted chain stitch worked closely together so I am inclined to group them together. They are also an example of a stitch that can look very different if you play with the spacing. You can also lengthen the ‘arms’ of each stitch to produce an interesting barbed line that can used in floral sprays.
This stitch is not difficult to work and you will find you move along the line quite quickly. Since the stitch is member of the chain stitch it will follow a curve well and is very useful if you want a line that is solid but not regular chain stitch. It can add variety and make your work look that little bit different without much extra effort.
The tutorial for Twisted Chain stitch and Rope Stitch not only illustrates how to work this stitch but also shares a few samples to give you some ideas on how it might be used.
How to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge
All stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome. If you are new to hand embroidery learn Twisted Chain stitch or Rope stitch. If you are experienced push these stitches 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 Twisted Chain and Rope stitch page telling us where we can see it.
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