This week Stitch 76 in the Take a Stitch Tuesday ( TAST) is cheating a little as it is two versions of whipped chain. the first version looks a bit pedestrian but it is very good for creating a good strong line. When working the outline of a motif or a letter and you want the line to stand neat and proud the first version of whipped chain stitch will do it for you. For instance I outlined the gecko shapes in whipped chain stitch.
The second version is fun and because the second thread is whipped and does not pass through the fabric you can often use a novelty thread to whip. For instance some threads you might want to try is chenille, or metallic thread, eyelash thread or even some novelty knitting yarns. It can be a fun variety. You will find a tutorials for both types of whipped chain in my stitch dictionary.
How to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge
If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitches. If you are an experienced embroiderer 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 whipped chain page with your full web address.
Feel free to join the TAST facebook group and leave your photo there. For Flickr people the group is Take a Stitch Tuesday. Hashtags are #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc.
If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.
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