TAST 2010 Week 28 and 29 Raised Chain and variation

This week I am posting two challenge stitches because Raised chain has 2 versions. Week 28 is a verison of Raised chain that is found in many stitch dictionaries.

Week 29 is a version that I was shown years ago and to my delight is published in the A-Z of Embroidery Stitches Volume 2. This makes it legit in my eyes shifting it from a quirky Aussie version to another handy variety. It makes a raised but flat surface.

I have decided to publish these both together today, because I know if I do one without the other someone will ask if I know the other version!

So this week I have week 28 Raised Chain an week 29 is Raised Chain version 2

Both have their merits and both can add texture to a piece.

How to work Raised Chain stitch (week 28)

You will find this version in The Embroidery Stitch Bible by Betty Barnden p111

First work a ladder of straight stitches as a foundation.

 

Work this stitch from top to bottom.

Use a blunt tapestry needle to avoid splitting the foundation stitches.

Bring your needle to the front of the fabric, at the top of the foundation row.

Take your thread over the top of the first bar and thread the needle under it.

You are not going the fabric.

Pull the needle under the bar.

On the other side of the little loop stitch you just made  pass your needle under the foundation bar again.

Once again you are not going the fabric.

With the working thread under the needle pull your needle through to form your first stitch.

You are not going the fabric.

Continue this way down the ladder of foundation stitches.

When you have the first row done fasten off the last stitch with a small vertical stitch and take your thread to the back, tie off.

Restart at the top of the ladder and work row upon row until the foundation ladder is packed.

How to work Raised Chain stitch version 2 (week 29)

In this version of Raised chain stitch the surface produced is raised but smooth and the stitches look like chain stitches.

You can find this version of Raised chain stitch in the A-Z of Embroidery Stitches Volume 2 p. 114

Work this stitch from top to bottom. Use a blunt tapestry needle to avoid splitting the foundation stitches.  Bring your needle to the front at the top of the foundation row

First work a ladder of straight stitches as a foundation

To start off slide your needle under two foundations stitches.

With the working thread wrapped under the needle pull your needle through to form a chain stitch. You are not going the fabric.

Continue forming these chained stitches down the ladder until you reach the end of the row.

When you have the first row done fasten off the last stitch with a small vertical stitch and take your thread to the back, tie off.

Restart at the top of the ladder and work row upon row until the foundation ladder is packed.

As you can see this stitch looks very effective in a hand dyed multicoloured thread.

How to join in. 

Work an example of the stitch. Experiment a bit, photograph it, and put it on your flickr site or write about it on your blog.

Please remember to link back to here so others can find the challenge too.

Come here to this post and leave a comment to tell everyone where your site is. (Click on the title and it will take you to this post on an individual page if you bookmark it you can find it again)

Also now if you leave your full address ie include the http:// bit in your address it will become a link automatically.

Visit a few sites of people who have already left a comment. See what they have done. I am sure everyone will enjoy following the links left in the comments. If you have time, let other people know that you have seen their work on their site.

Other groups and networks

You can also share your explorations with other members on  stitchin fingers group and the flickr TAST site

All posts relating to this challenge are in the Take a Stitch Tuesday category

 

 

TAST 2010 Week 23 Waved Chain

I discovered Waved chain in Edith John’s Creative stitches (p.44) It is a member of the chain stitch family and another form of triple chain.

Waved chain can be easily worked in a circle or you can emphasise the wave effect by angling the needle further left or right, you can thread ribbon through it and add beads. It is a fun and interesting linear stitch but if you layer it you build up some very interesting textures with it too!

Begin with a small chain stitch. To make this bring the working thread up through the fabric and take the needle through the fabric to make a small stitch and wrap the thread under the needle as illustrated.

With the thread wrapped under the needle point pull the needle through the fabric to make your first small chain stitch.

Bring the needle up through the fabric close but not at the same point where the working thread first emerged.

Take the needle through the fabric to make a stitch, bringing the point of the needle out a small space under and to the right of the line of the stitch as illustrated in the picture.

Wrap the thread under the needle point and  pull the needle through the fabric.

Once again bring the needle up through the fabric close but not at the same point the the right hand side of the second chain.

Take the needle through the fabric bringing the point of the needle out a short space under and to the right of the line of the stitch.

With the thread wrapped under the needle point pull the needle through the fabric. This forms the first triple chain stitch.

To start of the second wave, make a chain stitch emerging from the last loop

Bring the needle up through the fabric close to where the working thread first emerged from inside the loop of the last chain. Take the needle through the fabric bringing the point of the needle out a short space under and to the left of the line of the stitch as illustrated in the picture.

With the thread wrapped under the needle point pull the needle through the fabric.

Bring the needle up through the fabric close to where the working thread first emerged from inside the loop of the last chain. Take the needle through the fabric bringing the point of the needle out a short space under and to the left of the line of the stitch as illustrated in the picture.

With the thread wrapped under the needle point pull the needle through the fabric to form the second wave of the line.

Work this way first to the right then to the left along the line.

Enjoy this weeks stitch!

How to join in. 

Work an example of the stitch. Experiment a bit, photograph it, and put it on your flickr site or write about it on your blog.

Please remember to link back to here so others can find the challenge too.

Come here to this post and leave a comment to tell everyone where your site is. (Click on the title and it will take you to this post on an individual page if you bookmark it you can find it again)

Also now if you leave your full address ie include the http:// bit in your address it will become a link automatically.

Visit a few sites of people who have already left a comment. See what they have done. I am sure everyone will enjoy following the links left in the comments. If you have time, let other people know that you have seen their work on their site.

Further information

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