Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018 Stitch 4

sample of detached chain the lazy daisy stitch 2Stitch 4 for Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018, is Detached Chain stitch. Many people know detached chain as Lazy Daisy stitch because people make little flower motifs from it. Detached chain is a fun stitch that is quick and easy to do. The trick is to not pull the stitch too tight, as a tight tension will pull the curve into a tighter line.  You will have thin petals to your daisies. Keep the tension a little loose but not so loose they are floppy and you will have generous flower petals. If you need to know how to work this stitch visit the Detached Chain Stitch instruction page for a step by step tutorial.

The sample at the top of the page consists of 3 detached chain stitches worked in fine wool. I have placed two straight stitches between the detached chain stitches and then topped the motifs off with a little seed bead. The fabric is a hand dyed Aida.

sample of detached chain the lazy daisy stitch 5This sample on a crazy quilt block is a similar idea, as I have used straight stitches, seed beads and detached chain stitches. There are many more ideas on how to use this stitch on the Detached Chain instruction page.

The Beyond TAST Challenge

For those who have done TAST before, or if you already know the basic embroidery stitches, join in on the Beyond TAST challenge. Beyond TAST is a season of 4-6 weeks that allows time to explore an aspect of a design, technique, style, or family of stitches. In week 1, I made a few suggestions and pointed towards a direction to explore. Next week we will have a second Beyond TAST challenge. Share your work in the TAST groups so others can see it. See the TAST FAQ for more details.


How to take part in the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge and share stitch 4

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn Detached Chain Stitch. So Learn the stitch and share what you have learnt. If you are an experienced embroiderer enjoy Beyond TAST or try Detached Chain Stitch and give your work a modern twist and share it online so beginners can see what can be done with a little imagination.

Where to share

Stitch a sample of stitch 4, photograph it, put in online on your blog, Flickr site, share it in the  TAST facebook group or wherever you hang out online. If you have a blog, leave a comment on the Detached Chain Stitch page with your full web address. Don’t forget the http bit of the web address so that your address becomes a live link so that people can visit your site and see what you have done.  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.

Crazy quilt template set 2 Have you seen my Stitchers Templates?

As someone who loves crazy quilting and embroidery, I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my templates, you can create hundreds of different patterns to apply to your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.

Templates set 1 you will find here 
Templates set 2 you will find here 

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    1. Sue the whole of TAST is 100 stitches – but I gauge how people are going (in the facebook group) and every now and then declare a catch up or break week – if people look to be flagging. I mainly do it because if people are too far behind they lose interest so I give them a chance to catch up. So it is usually about 48 in a year but don’t hold me to it!


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