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.
You 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.
Work 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.
In 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.
Work 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.
Turn 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.
During 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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