Stitch 6 for Take a Stitch Tuesday 2018 is Chain stitch. This tremendously useful stitch is quick and easy to do. Chain stitch is a foundation stitch for a whole family of looped stitches. The trick with all chain stitches is to not pull the stitch too tight, as a tight tension will pull the loop of the stitch tighter causing a puckered line.
Chain stitch will hold a curve well and is ideal to use to outline a pattern or for lettering. The sample above is a sample worked in cotton perle #5 thread
This sample is worked in a fine knitting yarn that has a metallic blended thread in it. It is worked on 26 count linen.
Time for another Beyond TAST Challenge!
For those who have done TAST before, or if you already know the basic embroidery stitches, the next challenge is to explore isolated stitches. There are plenty of isolated stitches to explore such as Fly stitch, Berry Stitch, Slipped Detached Chain Stitch, Tete de Boéuf Stitch, and the knotted stitches such as bullion knot are often worked isolated in singles or pairs. Browse the stitch dictionary on my site for more. All of these stitches can be arranged in patterns or worked in a shape such as a circle, or a square to create units of pattern or texture.
If arranging stitches in patterns is a bit to easy for you, go on a stitch hunt and find stitches that can be fractured to create an isolated stitch. Just as detached chain stitch is a single unit of chain stitch take a trawl through the stitch dictionary and find other stitches that can be worked in an isolated way. So for instance look at Algerian Eye makes wonderful patterns or take a look at Herringbone square and think about how herringbone stitch has been fractured and then arranged in a square.
My tip is to look at a stitch and think about how it might look if only one or two stitches were created – then think about how those units might be arranged into patterns. Hopefully, by the end of the month, you will see stitches in a different way and they will spark your creativity.
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. See the TAST FAQ for more details.
How to take part in the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge
If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitches. Learn stitch 6 and share what you have learnt. If you are an experienced embroiderer enjoy Beyond TAST and explore this stitch for a month. Try 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 6, photograph it, put in online on your blog, Flickr site, share it in the TAST facebook group or where ever you hang out online. If you have a blog leave a comment on the 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.
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