TAST Week 7

TAST Week 7

sample of detached chain the lazy daisy stitch 2

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.

sample of detached chain the lazy daisy stitch 5

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.

barred chain stitch week 7

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 won’t 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 it 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 or Alternating barred chain.

If you need more information the challenge guidelines are on the TAST FAQ page.

Thread Twisties!


Experimenting with different threads can be expensive. You would normally have to buy a whole skein of each type of thread. So I have made up my thread twisties which are a combination of different threads to use in creative hand embroidery. These enable you to try out stitching with something other than stranded cotton. For the price of just a few skeins, you can experiment with a bundle of threads of luscious colours and many different textures.

These are creative embroiders threads. With them, I hope to encourage you to experiment. Each Twistie is a thread bundle containing silk, cotton, rayon, and wool. Threads range from extra fine (the same thickness as 1 strand of embroidery floss) to chunky couchable textured yarns. All threads have a soft and manageable drape so twisting them around a needle makes experimental hand embroidery an interesting journey rather than a battle.  Many are hand-dyed by me. And they are all threads I use. You may find a similar thread twist but no two are identical.

You will find my thread twisties in the Pintangle shop here.

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