Take a Stitch Tuesday Knotted Cable Chain

Some busy hands will be pleased to know that this stitch is the last for this year. In a couple of days I am going to take a break over the holiday season but more of that then. I will be back with TAST next year but there will be a few changes. A few weeks ago I canvased for opinions and I expanded my ideas here  I have changed the TAST FAQ and briefly the changes are

  • Next year I will still be posting a stitch a week numbered by the stitch not the week.
  • There will be more breaks through the year
  • How people define the challenge is up to them.
  • Featured work will include any TAST stitch not just the stitch proposed that week. This will no longer be weekly piece but an irregular but longer feature.
  • There will be the introduction of the TAST Design Challenge as of January 2013. This will be proposed every 4-6 weeks.
  • No need to sign up just join in

This week I have a variety of chain stitch called Knotted Cable chain. Hopefully people will be familiar with both cable chain and twisted chain as both have been stitches proposed earlier this year in the TAST challenge.

Knotted Cable chain is used as a linear stitch on both plain and even-weave fabrics. The texture of the knot between chain stitches creates an interesting textured line. As with basic chain stitch this version follows curves well and can even be worked solidly as a filling stitch.

How to work Knotted Cable Chain 

how to stitch knotted cable chain step 1
how to stitch knotted cable chain step 2Bring the needle up through the fabric and work a twisted chain stitch on the line you want to work.

Slip the needle under the top thread above the twist.

Do not pick up any fabric when you do this. Pull the needle through the loop until the loop lies flat but not tight.

how to stitch knotted cable chain step 3
how to stitch knotted cable chain step 4Insert the needle back into where it first came out at the top of the chain.

Take the needle through the fabric bringing the point of the needle out a short space along the line to be stitched. With the thread wrapped under the needle point pull the needle through the fabric.

Pull the thread through the fabric and you have created your first knotted cable chain stitch.

how to stitch knotted cable chain step 5Make a small twisted chain stitch just bellow the larger chain.

how to stitch knotted cable chain step 6Take the needle under the twist and repeat the steps along the row.

how to stitch knotted cable chain step 7This is another quick and versatile stitch. You can also lace and thread this stitch in various ways taking advantage of structure of the stitch by threading either the knot or the chain.

how to stitch knotted cable chain step

Once again the challenge is:

For new hands to learn the stitch

Or

If you are an experienced stitcher take the stitch and push it a little further in a creative manner or combine this stitch with one of the stitches already covered in TAST 2012. If you have worked a sample in a previous challenge feel free to post a link in comments as it will inspire people but if you have time do try another sample and do something different and new!

How to join in

Stitch a sample,  take a photograph of it, put in online in your blog, flickr site or on stitchin fingers page, swing by here and leave a comment with your full web address so people can visit and see your sample.

Any special rules?

There are no rules but I do have a request, please link back here.

Interesting work will be featured

Each week I will link to interesting samples that participants have stitched order to draw attention to how the stitch is used.

Further information

If you need further information on the challenge a list of stitches covered so far or directions on how to participate please visit the TAST FAQ page.

You can read back through TAST articles by browsing Challenges –  Take a Stitch Tuesday category

Other groups and networks

You can also share your explorations with other members on the social network site of your choice. There is a Facebook TAST 2012 page,   stitchin fingers group and the flickr TAST site. All these sub groups are set up at request of members

TAST Highlights Berry stitch

I am really pleased people enjoyed Berry stitch and once again I am surprised so many people managed a sample at such a busy time of the year.

I know it is busy time of year but take some time out for yourself and visit the comments section on the featured stitch last week visit some of the links people have left because there is a plenty of more good stuff to see.

Further information about the TAST challenge

If you need further information on the challenge a list of stitches covered so far or directions on how to participate please visit the TAST FAQ page.

You can read back through TAST articles by browsing Challenges –  Take a Stitch Tuesday category


Take a Stitch Tuesday Berry stitch

This week I have stitch that can be used easily in Christmas motifs as it makes berries! It’s called Berry stitch but is also known as double lazy daisy stitch or double detached chain stitch.

It can be worked on any type of fabric and is easy stitch to do and learn making it ideal to propose as part of the challenge in a period when everyone is busy  and has ‘to do’ lists miles long. So take a few minutes out for yourself and try a sample of this stitch.

hand embroidered Berry stitch step 1Start by working a single detached chain stitch

You can work it as an isolated stitch, in patterns or substitute it in places where you might want a fatter detached chain stitch. It can be worked close together in a line, or massed.

how to hand embroider Berry stitch step 2Since this stitch is made up of two detached chain stitches you need to know how to work detached chain.

A twisted thread, such as pearl or soft cotton, is ideal as it will help hold the shape.

Insert the needle back just above the top of the first chain stitch.

Take the needle through the fabric behind the first chain stitch bringing the point of the needle out a short space below.

With the thread wrapped under the needle point pull the needle through the fabric to make the second chain stitch.

The completed stitch looks like a fat chain stitch.

berry stitch tutorial You can use it as you would detached chain making flower shapes.

As your pattern dictates you can increase or decrease the number of petals in the flower.

You can also work this stitch in two steps the first round of chain stitches being in one weight of thread and the second being in a heavier or slightly textured thread.

berry stitch flower of 4 petalsAnother way of working is to work the first round of detached chain in one colour and the second detached chain in another.

You can also substitute the first chain with an oyster stitch to produce some really interesting results.

Berry stitch worked in two steps in silk ribbon can be very effective.

silk ribbon hand embroidery berry stitch flower Once again the challenge is:

For new hands to learn the stitch

Or

If you are an experienced stitcher take the stitch and push it a little further in a creative manner or combine this stitch with one of the stitches already covered in TAST 2012. If you have worked a sample in a previous challenge feel free to post a link in comments as it will inspire people but if you have time do try another sample and do something different and new!

How to join in

Stitch a sample,  take a photograph of it, put in online in your blog, flickr site or on stitchin fingers page, swing by here and leave a comment with your full web address so people can visit and see your sample.

Any special rules?

There are no rules but I do have a request, please link back here.

Interesting work will be featured

Each week I will link to interesting samples that participants have stitched order to draw attention to how the stitch is used.

Further information

If you need further information on the challenge a list of stitches covered so far or directions on how to participate please visit the TAST FAQ page.

You can read back through TAST articles by browsing Challenges –  Take a Stitch Tuesday category

Other groups and networks

You can also share your explorations with other members on the social network site of your choice. There is a Facebook TAST 2012 page,   stitchin fingers group and the flickr TAST site. All these sub groups are set up at request of members


Buttonhole Eyelet flower Highlights

I am really pleased people enjoyed buttonhole eyelet flower  stitch and to be honest I am totally amazed that so many people managed to get samples done.

This week I had to make a bit of dash around the sites to take a look at the samples life is getting busy with my daughter arriving home tonight as she has just come off another tour.

I am really pleased people enjoyed buttonhole eyelet flower  stitch and to be honest I am totally amazed that people managed to get samples done.

 

 

I hope the featured samples this week have inspired and you to take a little time out in your busy week to browse the other comments on

Further information about the TAST challenge

If you need further information on the challenge a list of stitches covered so far or directions on how to participate please visit the TAST FAQ page.

You can read back through TAST articles by browsing Challenges –  Take a Stitch Tuesday category