This week I am going to propose two weeks worth of stitches. In other words a stitch for this week and another for next week. Both stitches are listed in books under the same name. But each version looks very different. To me it makes sense to group them together in the challenge. Both are called Raised Chain Stitch.
Both versions of Raised chain stitch are worked as a band and create a strong textured line. The first version of Raised Chain stitch looks like this.
The second looks like this version of Raised Chain Stitch.
As you can see they look quite different and a very different set of hand movements are used to create them. The only thing they have in common is the name and the foundation bars! So I decided for the purposes of TAST that each version is different enough to be allocated a week.
I hope announcing two weeks at once does not cause too much confusion. It made sense to group both stitches together and for some people designing samplers for the challenge knowing what the next stitch is will, I hope, help. Next week I will remind people that two stitches were posted this week.
As usual have fun with them. It will be interesting to see how people respond to them. I like the second version personally as I seem to be able to work it neater. What version do you like?
How to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge
If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitch. If you are an experienced embroiderer push these stitches in creative manner and share with beginners so they can see 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 Raised Chain stitch version 1 or the Raised Chain stitch version 2 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. Please spread the word about Take a Stitch Tuesday on your social networks.
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