How to work Whipped Chain Stitch

Whipped Chain Stitch is a handy variety of chain stitch as it creates a slightly stronger line than ordinary chain stitch. It stands a little more proud of the surface.

Whipped chain stitch sample 1The thread that you use to whip the foundation line of chain stitches with can be of a contrasting colour, or texture. You can also use many novelty threads with this technique too. On the other hand you can use a thread of the same colour as I have done in the sample above. I used whipped chain stitch to outline the shape of the two geckoes before surrounding them in other forms of surface embroidery.

How to work Whipped Chain Stitch

To start you need to know chain stitch as the first step is to work a foundation row of chain stitch.

Whipped chain stitch step 1Make each chain stitch slightly longer and a little looser than normal because the line of stitching will tighten slightly when you whip it and you dont want your work to pucker. .

Whipped chain stitch step 2With a second thread whip the foundation row by passing the needle under each chain stitch as illustrated. When you do this take care not to pick up any of the fabric.   Use a blunt-ended tapestry needle for the whipping to avoid splitting the chain stitches on the foundation row.

Whipped chain stitch step 3Continue until the end of the line.

Whipped chain stitch sample 2

This is a particularly useful stitch if a raised line is required on a delicate fine fabric which can not accept a heavy thread through the weave. You can work a foundation row of stitches in a fine thread then whip the line with a heavier thread.

How to work Version 2 of Whipped Chain Stitch

This is a fun version of whipped chain. In this version of whipped chain instead of whipping over each chain stitch you whip both sides of the chain working up one side of the line then working the other. It produces a stitch that looks totally different and is particularly effective if you use a different colour thread. Using a metallic thread to whip the side is very effective.

Whipped chain stitch version 2 step 1Work a foundation row of chain stitch. For the journey use a blunt-ended tapestry needle to avoid splitting the chain stitches on the foundation row.

Bring your needle out at the start of the line and pass it under one side of the first chain stitch as illustrated. With your needle under the side of chain stitch and pointed towards the centre line pull your needle through. At this stage of the process take care not to pick up any of the fabric.

Whipped chain stitch version 2 step 2Continue whipping the side of each chain stitch until the end of the line and take your thread to the back of the work. If the line of stitching is lengthy finish the thread by tying off the thread at the back of your work.

Whipped chain stitch version 2 step 3For the next journey, bring your needle out at the start of the line and repeat the same whipping action along the other side of the foundation chain stitches. Once again pass your needle under each chain stitch. With each stitch make sure your needle is  pointed towards the centre line and take care not to pick up any of the fabric.

Whipped chain stitch version 2 step 4Continue until the line is completely worked. As you can see the effect is fun and it is easily and quickly worked. Children love it and if the line is not too fine small hands can work it making this version of Whipped Chain Stitch ideal to include in children’s projects.

Both of these varieties of chain stitch are members of the Chain stitch family.

New templates are on the way!

I have been busting to tell everyone about my new set of templates for crazy quilters. I am in the process of packaging now and hope to offer them  to people sometime next week .

packaging templatesI was getting a bit tired of the others and wanted some new ones so designed another set. I have to admit it is really fun imagining something, designing it, prototyping it and then having it manufactured. I love the sense that this thing that is now in my hands, did not exist until I sat down and worked out what I wanted it to look like.

templates packagedI have only had them in my hands a while and have packaging like mad while also drafting out a book of patterns that you can create with them. Like the first set I will include a free ebook of patterns with each set.

Crazy quilt template set 2I hope to have them released and on the market next week some time. For those that want a a little peek this is these are the shapes of the new set. The edges of course are guides for embroidered seams on crazy quilts and the  squiggles and curves are wonderful for stems in floral sprays. There are lots of floral shapes and of course there is the bird.  Don’t they look fun!

Watch out next week of an announcement about when they are available.


Take a Stitch Tuesday Stitch 17

Crossed buttonhole stitch sample 3Stitch 17 in the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge is Crossed Buttonhole which is ideal to use on an edging or as border stitch. These are obvious uses but it is a stitch that is worth playing about with, and experimenting a bit as you will lead to some fun and interesting results. If you need learn or want a refresher on how to work Crossed Buttonhole stitch see the tutorial for step by step photographed instructions and ideas on using it in creative ways.

Crossed buttonhole stitch sample 1

Please spread the word about Take a Stitch Tuesday, tell your stitching friends, share information about it on on your social networks.

TAST2012logoHow to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday Stitch 17 challenge

If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitches. If you are an experienced embroiderer push these stitches in creative manner and share with beginners what can be done with a little imagination.

Where to share your stitching samples.

Photograph your sample and put in online on your blog, flickr site, share it on facebook or Instagram.  Leave a comment on the on the Crossed Buttonhole page. Don’t forget to leave a link to where you have your sample online so that people can visit your site and see what you have done.

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