Take a Stitch Tuesday Stitch 8 Chain Stitch

chain stitch sample 1The next stitch in the  Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST) stitchers challenge  is  Chain stitch. This tremendously useful stitch is quick and easy to do. Chain stitch is also a foundation stitch for a whole family of looped stitches. The trick with all chain stitches is 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

chain stitch sample 2

This sample is worked in a fine knitting yarn that has a metallic blended thread in it.It is worked on 26 count linen.

Follow the link for step by step directions on how to work chain stitch

 

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 push this stitch 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  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 click through and see what you have done. Please spread the word about Take a Stitch Tuesday on your social networks.

Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group or on the TAST Flickr group.  If you are a hashtag type person use the hashtag #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page. All stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome


Take a Stitch Tuesday Stitch 7 Detached Chain

sample of detached chain the lazy daisy stitch 2Detached Chain stitch or lazy daisy is the challenge stitch this week. This 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 2 straight stitches between the detached chain stitches and then topped the motifs off with little seed bead. The fabric is a hand dyed Aida.

sample of detached chain the lazy daisy stitch 5This sample is on a crazy quilt block it 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.

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 push Detached chain stitch stitch 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  Detached Chain Stitch  page with your full web address. In other words don’t forget to include the http bit of the web address so that it becomes a live link. This enables people to click through and see what you have done. Please spread the word about Take a Stitch Tuesday on your social networks.

Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group or on the TAST Flickr group.  If you are a hashtag type person use the hashtag #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page. All stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome


Take a Stitch Tuesday Stitch 6

Chevron stitch sample 6The Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge stitch this week is another old favourite as I find myself turning to this stitch more and more when I feel stuck for ideas on crazy quilt blocks. With Chevron stitch you can vary the spacing of the feet and, the height and width of the stitch to create all sorts of interesting effects.  As you can see from the sample above, you can also overlay stitches such as herringbone.  This sample was created by creating a line of herringbone in dark blue cotton perle #5 thread. The next journey was creating in Chevron stitch in light blue cotton perle #5 thread. To each of the feet I added two bullion stitches in wool thread. Using a hand dyed silk thread I added a fly stitch to the base of the bullion stitches to create what looks like a little bud.

Chevron stitch sample 4It is a great stitch to work back to back and then decorate. In this sample 2 rows of Chevron stitch is worked along a seam before decorating with detached chain stitches and novelty beads.

There are many more ideas on how to use this stitch on the Chevron Stitch instruction page.

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 push Cretan stitch 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   Chevron Stitch page with your full web address. In other words don’t forget to include the http bit of the web address so that it becomes a live link. This enables people to click through and see what you have done. Please spread the word about Take a Stitch Tuesday on your social networks or if you have blog link back to Pintangle.

Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group or on the TAST Flickr group.  If you are a hashtag type person use the hashtag #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page. All stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome.

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