TAST Week 7
For TAST Week 7 2019 I am introducing Detached Chain stitch. Many people know detached chain as Lazy Daisy stitch because stitchers have long enjoyed using this stitch to create the petals of little flower motifs. Detached chain is a fun stitch that is quick and easy to do.
My Tip! The trick is to not pull the stitch too tight. A tight tension will pull the curve of the stitch into a tighter line. In other words, you will create thin petals to your daisies. Keep the tension a little loose but not so loose they are floppy and you will have generous flower petals. For instructions on how to work this stitch visit the Detached Chain Stitch page in my stitch dictionary for a step by step tutorial.
The sample at the top of the page consists of 3 detached chain stitches worked in fine wool. I have placed two straight stitches between the detached chain stitches and then topped the motifs off with a little seed bead. The fabric is a hand-dyed Aida.
This sample on a crazy quilt block is a similar idea. I have used straight stitches, seed beads and detached chain stitches. There are many more ideas on how to use this stitch on the Detached Chain instruction page.
Beyond TAST Week 7
For those who have done TAST before, or if you already know the basic embroidery stitches, join in on the Beyond TAST challenge.
Week 7 for Beyond TAST is actually two stitches Barred Chain and Alternating barred chain. As a variety they are so close, I have grouped them together. Once you have the hand action of one you have it for the other too so I am sure people will enjoy playing with both. Visit the tutorials for Barred Chain and Alternating barred chain.
Both Barred Chain and Alternating barred chain follow a curved line well and make wonderful spiky twiggy bits in floral motifs and organic flowing sprays of flowers and greenery. Once again these are stitches that have hidden talents and until you try them you wont discover them. There are not many stitches that are linear and highly textured but these are one of them.
How to join TAST and where to share week 7
If you are new to hand embroidery the challenge is to learn the stitch and share what you have learnt. If you are an experienced embroiderer, enjoy Beyond TAST and give your work a modern twist and share it online so beginners can see what can be done with a little imagination.
Stitch a sample, photograph it, put in online on your blog, or share it in the Take a Stitch Tuesday Flickr group, or in the TAST facebook group or wherever you hang out online. Hashtags are #TASTembroidery and #PintangleTAST on places like Instagram etc. If you have a blog leave a comment on the stitch page In other words if you are doing TAST Detached Chain or if you are doing Beyond TAST either Barred Chain and Alternating barred chain. Don’t forget your full web address, including the HTTPS part of the web address so that it becomes a live link. It means people can visit your site and see what you have done.
If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.
Have you seen my Stitchers Templates?
As someone who loves crazy quilting and embroidery, I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my templates, you can create hundreds of different patterns to apply to your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box. And we laser cut them ourselves in our own studio workshop to ensure the highest quality.
To see what they look like, find out about the free ebook of patterns that come with them visit the information pages. You can find out more about both sets at our Pintangle shop.