Take a Stitch Tuesday 122 Chained bar 123 Woven Chained bar

I have two stitches for you this week and both of them are composite stitches. Chained bar forms a solid line that is ideal for borders and Woven chain bar is an interesting variation. You can use both stitches to couch down ribbons, tape or some flat braids.
 How to work Chained bar
Create the foundation of this stitch by first laying down some long straight stitches. Between two to six straight stitches in DMC pearl 3 thread works well, but if you want to go for a different primitive look you can use string like yarns or even fine knitting wool. Highly textured threads can be used as the bar. If they are very hairy the chain will create interesting indentations on the line.

Chained bar 1You are going to work a zig zag chain stitch across the bar. You might like to refresh your memory on how to work zig zag chain.

This is a stitch where contrasting threads work well. For instance a metallic thread over a bar of silk is stunning.

Chained bar 2Work from left to right. Bring the needle from the back of the fabric and hold the thread with the left thumb. Insert the needle back into where it first came out. Take the needle through the fabric bringing the point of the needle out on a diagonal angle, below the straight stitches. With the thread wrapped under the needle point pull the needle through the fabric.

Chained bar step 3In the second stitch turn the angle of the chain stitch to take the chain over the bar. Continue along the bar until the straight stitches are couched down by the zig zag chain stitches.

If your stitches do not lie flat as you enter the fabric with each loop pierce the end of the previous loop.

How to work Woven Chained bar

Woven chained bar starts with a foundation of Chained bar stitch and you weave the chain stitches as you would Woven Zigzag chain stitch which was challenge stitch # 75. If you need to remember how Woven Zigzag Chain is worked here is a reminder.

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. The second part of the sample is worked in cotton perle #5.

To weave the chain stitches

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.

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Take a Stitch Tuesday 120 Double herringbone 121 Twisted Lattice Band

This week I have 2 stitches to share as one stitch builds on the other.
The first is a version of double Herringbone which is also known as Indian herringbone stitch. The second stitch is a decorative surface stitch known as Twisted lattice band. You need to know how to work Herringbone for this stitch

Double Herringbone version 1

This version of double herringbone stitch is also known as Indian herringbone stitch.

Double herringbone step 1Work by first laying a foundation row of herringbone stitch.

Double herringbone  step 2Work another row of herringbone. On every second stitch, slide the needle under the cross bar created by the first row of stitches. This means that the second row of herringbone is woven or interlaced through the first row as illustrated.

This variety looks very effective when worked in two colours but is also the foundation of many versions of woven herringbone, Twisted lattice band being one of them.

Twisted Lattice Band

Twisted lattice band creates an attractive band of stitching which can be used as a border or for crazy quilters it is a quick seam embellishment. You can also work it row upon row to create an interesting fill.

Work a row of double herringbone stitch quite loosely and space slightly wider than normal. The lacing in the second part of this stitch which will tighten the stitches slightly and if you space the foundation stitches a little wider it gives you room for thicker threads if you want to use them.

The lacing is worked in two journeys and will not work if you do not use this version of double herringbone as you need the cross bars to woven for the lacing thread to sit neatly. Use a tapestry needle to avoid splitting the foundation herringbone stitch. With this stitch, take care to lace and not to pick up any of the fabric.

Twisted lattice band  1To lace the foundation stitches thread the needle under the herringbone cross bar in an upward direction as illustrated then move across the crossed bars, turn the needle and thread in an upward direction again.

Twisted lattice band  2Work along the base of the herringbone foundation stitches then turn your piece and work along the top along the top.

Twisted lattice band  3

If you experiment with different threads you can develop some really interesting effects.

Twisted lattice band  4

How to join TAST
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Take a Stitch Tuesday 118 Beaded Buttonhole stitch

Beaded buttonhole is fun version of regular buttonhole – and there are lots of varieties to explore with this too. It is advisable that you know how to work regular buttonhole stitch before embarking on this variety

Beaded buttonhole variety 2With this stitch the beading is done during the stitching process not added afterward. The trick is use a size 26 tapestry needle. Since the eye of a tapestry needle is long you can thread perle #8 and Perle #5 through the long eye. However the needle itself is thin which means you can add a bead to your working thread as you stitch.

The samples have been worked using perle # 5 thread

Beaded buttonhole step 1Beaded buttonhole stitch is worked from left to right. Bring the thread out on the lower line and work a regular buttonhole stitch.

Next thread 3-4 seed beads or a bugal bead on your working thread.

Insert the needle on the upper line making a straight downward motion. Loop the working thread under the needle point, keeping the beads to the right of the needle as illustrated.

Pull the needle through the fabric to form a loop.

Beaded buttonhole step 2Next work a regular buttonhole and repeat this pattern of beading every second arm along the line.

Beaded buttonhole step 3Beaded buttonhole step 4With this stitch you can change where and when you thread a bead in order to create different patterns and it can be worked on the edge of a seam or item.

Beaded buttonhole variety 1

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116 and 117 Beaded Vandyke and Bullion Vandyke stitch

This week I have two stitches that are variations of Vandyke stitch which was TAST 76. If you need to jog your memory on this stitch directions on how to work it are here

The first is a beaded version a bead added during the stitching process. Use a size 26 tapestry needle. Since the eye of a tapestry needle is long you can thread perle #8 and Perle #5 through the long eye. However the needle itself is thin which means you can add a bead to your working thread as you stitch.

Regular Vandyke stitch is often used as a border the beaded version would make a nice edging stitch.

How to work Beaded Vandyke Stitch

Work Beaded Vandyke Stitch between two invisible lines from top to bottom keep your tension slightly loose so that the center line will form nicely. A bead is added every second stitch

Beaded Vandyke stitch  1The first stitch is regular Vandyke stitch as illustrated. Bring your needle out on the left hand side or the line a little below the first stitch and thread a bead on your thread. Continue making a Vandyke stitch.

Beaded Vandyke stitch  2Make another regular Vandyke stitch and then created a beaded Vandyke stitch and continue in this manner down the line.

Beaded Vandyke stitch  3I have only experimented with this a little but you can add beads at various stages of working the stitch as you can see by this sample.

Beaded Vandyke stitch  4How to work TAST Stitch #117 Bullion Vandyke Stitch

For this next variety of Vandyke stitch you must know how to work a bullion knot and Vandyke stitch.

Bullion Vandyke Stitch creates a heavily textured line useful for borders but you can also work the stitch inside shapes to create motifs like leaves etc. It looks harder than it is and once you get into the rhythm of the stitch it is not difficult for an intermediate stitcher to work.

Work between two invisible lines. If needed you mark the outline with a quilters pen that either disappears or will disappear with steam or water. Work this stitch from top to bottom.

Bullion Vandyke stitch 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.

Bullion Vandyke stitch  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

Bullion Vandyke stitch  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

Bullion Vandyke stitch 4As I say it sounds difficult but is one of those stitches that once you get the hand of it feels not so hard.

Bullion Vandyke stitch 5I have to admit although I thought of combining a bead on one side and bullion on the other I have not done it but I am sure it would be interesting or you could set up patterns of beads and bullion knots swinging form side to side patterns of bullion knots, beads and plain Vandyke stitches arranged in various ways too!

Anyway enjoy these

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