The 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.
It 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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I would like to share some crazy quilt seam details found on block 86 of my I dropped the button box quilt. Hopefully they will give you a few ideas to use on your own crazy quilt projects. Click on the thumbnail of the block if you want to see a larger version, read the back story and get the pattern, which is free.
Crazy quilt seam detail 562
The first seam I will natter about, is a short seam of about an two inches long and is covered with a brown velvet ribbon. I stitched the ribbon down and then using a hand dyed cotton perle #5 thread worked five long tail chain stitches in a fan like arrangement. At the base of the fan I added a glass bead.
Crazy quilt seam detail 563
The next seam was embroidered with up and down buttonhole and then using the same hand dyed silk thread I worked a return row in detached chain stitch. I added the small lace motif over the top of the stitching. The motif is rayon lace dyed with procion MX dyes and secured to the block with stitching and seed beads.
Crazy quilt seam detail 564
The last detail is a line of zig zag chain stitch worked in bright pink rayon ribbon floss. the seam is only about 2 inches long so the impact is not too great!
This article is part of a series which you can find out more about on the CQ details FAQ page. If you want to see the quilt it is on the same page.
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Back stitch beaded is a line of back stitch that is simple and quick to work as you add a bead to every second stitch. It makes sense that you need to know how to work regular back stitch before embarking on the beaded variety. You can find instructions on how to work Back stitch here on Pintangle.
The trick with hand embroidered beaded stitches is to use a #26 tapestry needle. This size needle is fine enough to thread a bead, yet the eye is wide enough to take a perle # 8 thread. This means you can embroider and add beads easily as you work.
How to embroider beaded back stitch
In Beaded Back Stitch every second stitch beaded.
Bring the thread up from the back of the fabric on the line that you want to embroider. Make a small backward stitch through the fabric as you would regular back stitch. Bring the needle through the fabric a little in front of the first stitch but still on the line.
Thread a bead and make the second stitch by inserting the needle down into the hole made by the first stitch.
Take a bite of the fabric, bringing the needle out a little in front of the second stitch as illustrated. Pull your thread through.
Make the next stitch a regular back stitch. When you bring your needle through the fabric thread another bead on. Repeat this pattern of beaded stitch , un-beaded stitch, beaded stitch, un-beaded stitch along the line.
The finished line is very decorative. Beaded Back stitch makes a good edging stitch for items such as needle cases or pin cushions. Of course it is ideal for contemporary crazy quilting too!
As I have said this example of Beaded Back Stitch is where every second stitch beaded but the pattern of one back stitch and one beaded back stitch can be changed to create interesting patterns and designs. For example you could have two back stitches and one bead or 3 back stitches and 1 bead or 2 beads and back stitch I am sure you get the idea. Patterns can be worked line upon line – such as in pattern darning, to create many interesting beaded embroidery variations.