Stitch 33 is Barred chain which is an interesting stitch that creates a thorny line. It is a type of chain stitch which can be easily worked on all types of fabrics and is equally effective when worked in straight lines or used to follow curves. Barred chain is quick to work but you need to be familiar with chain stitch before you begin, so visit the chain stitch tutorial if you need a refresher.
Barred chain can be worked in a large variety of threads from the finest silk to thick cotton. The size of the stitch will be influenced by the weight of the thread used and the spacing you use. Since the appeal of Barred chain is based on its textured nature, it can be successfully combined with other textured stitches.
Beyond TAST is for those readers who have done TAST before or for people who already know the basic embroidery stitches. Details about the current Beyond TAST challenge are here
How to take part in the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge
If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn how to do Barred chain and share what you have learnt. If you are an experienced embroiderer, enjoy the Beyond TAST challenge instead. Try and give your work a modern twist and share it online so beginners can see 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 in the TAST facebook group or where ever you hang out online. If you have a blog leave a comment on the Barred chain page with your full web address so that people can visit your site and see what you have done. Hashtags are #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc.
If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.
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