Stitch 36 of Take a Stitch Tuesday

Linked Chain stitch is the next challenge for Take a Stitch Tuesday. Stitch 36, is of course based on Chain stitch but this variety produces a thicker line and it is a great variety to add beads to. See the Linked Chain Stitch tutorial on how to hand embroider Linked chain and take a look at the instructions on how to add beads to it. This variety can also be laced a bit like Threaded Cable Chain stitch making it fun to experiment with.

How to join in on the Take a Stitch Tuesday 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

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 Linked Chain 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 tell your stitching buddies on 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.




How to hand embroider Bullion Vandyke Stitch

Bullion Vandyke stitch is an interesting variety of two stitches the first being  Vandyke stitch and the second being a Bullion Knot

This stitch creates a heavily textured line useful for borders but you can also work the stitch inside shapes to create motifs like leaves etc. You have one side textured and the other less so as if light was falling on it. I admit to this variety being a bit tricky but once you get into the rhythm of the stitch it is not difficult for an intermediate stitcher to work.

How to work Bullion Vandyke Stitch

Work this stitch from top to bottom between two invisible lines. If needed you mark the outline with a quilters pen that either disappears or will disappear with steam or water. For the demonstration I have used cotton perle #5.

Vandyke bullion stitch step 1Bring the thread through from the back of the fabric on the left hand side of the line.
As you would with regular Vandyke stitch make a small horizontal stitch at the centre point between the two edges of the line.

Take your needle through the fabric and insert the needle on the right hand side of the line and have the needle point emerge where the thread comes out of the fabric as illustrated.

Vandyke bullion stitch step 2Wrap your needle 6-8 times and then pull the needle carefully through the coil. While performing this action hold the coil down on the fabric with the left thumb. Pull the working thread through the coil until it tightens and take the needle through the fabric at the point where it first appeared. The coil of thread should now lie on the surface

Vandyke bullion stitch step 3Bring your needle out on the left hand side or the line a little below the first stitch and repeat and continue working down the line

Vandyke bullion stitch step 4It sounds difficult but is one of those stitches that once you get the hand of it feels not so hard.

Vandyke bullion stitch step 5I hope you enjoy this stitch!




Stitch 35 of Take a Stitch Tuesday 2016

 
Threaded Cable Chain step 6Stitch 35 in the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge is Threaded Cable Chain Stitch which is of course based on Cable Chain stitch. See the tutorial on how to hand embroider Threaded Cable chain for instructions on how to do work it. This stitch is an ideal stitch for decorative borders and since it will follow a curve well it can be used in many situations. I hope you enjoy the stitch this week!
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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. Full guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.

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

Where to share

Photograph your sample and share it online. It can be on your blog, shared in the TAST Flickr group or on the TAST facebook group page. If you share it on your blog swing back here leave a comment and a link  so that people can visit and see what you have done. For Instagram use the hashtag #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST.