Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge Stitch 39

Coral stitch the challenge for this week. Stitch 39 is an old embroidery stitch creates a knotted line that can be used for outlines as it follows a curve well. It is quickly worked and useful for twiggy bits in a organic and floral patterns. Thread choice will influence to look of this stitch as the larger the thread the more the knots will sit proud against the fabric. I have found a thread such as cotton perle #5 or #8 looks good as the twist of the thread produces a nice knot. Yarns and novelty threads also create an interesting strong line. So have fun with it and experiment as I am sure you will be able to add this stitch to your repertoire of linear stitches.

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How to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge

All stitchers a free to join the challenge and all levels of skill are welcome. If you are a beginner the challenge is to learn the stitch. If you are an experienced embroiderer push these stitches in creative manner and share so that beginners what can be done with a little imagination.

Where to share TAST Stitch 39 

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 Coral stitch tutorial page. Feel free to join the  TAST facebook group  or use the hashtag #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. The challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.

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Challenge Stitch 38 of Take a Stitch Tuesday

Cloud filling sample 1Cloud Filling is stitch 38 and  is the first filler stitch in this challenge.  If you are a new hand to embroider you will find that filler stitches are amazingly useful to cover areas of a pattern.

I have taught this stitch to children so it is his stitch is quick and easy to work, but don’t turn your nose up at is as it is adaptable and easy to give a contemporary twist to.

The grid that you lay down for Cloud Filling stitch is traditionally created as a simple straight stitch which you lace a thread through  (see the tutorial here) but if you can created a grid of, satin stitches, detached chain stitches, bullion knots, fly stitches or cross stitches.If you use different and unusual threads or novelty yarns  you can create some very different effects.
TAST2012logoHow 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 Cloud Filling 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. Please spread the word about Take a Stitch Tuesday on your social networks.

Feel free to join the  TAST facebook 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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How to hand embroider Woven Chained Bar stitch

Woven chained bar ideal for borders or you can use it to couch down ribbons, tape or some flat braids. You need first to work a row of regular Chained bar stitch and you weave the chain stitches as you would Woven Zigzag chain stitch. If you need to remember how Woven Zigzag Chain is worked follow the link to a tutorial.

Woven chain bar 1Work a foundation of Chained bar stitch. For the sample I have worked a sample over 5 straight stitches of a hand dyed chainette thread.

To weave the chain stitches

The second part of the sample is worked in cotton perle #5. Bring your needle out at the base of the first chain stitch. Pass it under the bottom bar of the chain stitch and have your needle come up in the middle of the loop. Pull your needle through.

Woven chain bar 2Turn your needle pass the needle under the bar of the chain stitch and have your needle come up in the middle of the loop. Pull your thread through. Continue weaving from side to side and pack the stitches as you go. As you weave make sure your needle always points towards the centre of the chain stitch.

Work this way until you reach the end of the line.
If you work your woven stitches slightly tighter at the start and end of each chain the shape will become leaf like.

Woven chain bar 3During the weaving stage you are not taking the needle through the fabric but using the chain stitch as a foundation on which to weave.

I hope you enjoy the stitch!