February 2012

I have posted a new kutch work tutorial for the large motif which was posted earlier on my blog-
and here.
Rasheeda had asked for the steps , so they are posted on this page today.

The pictures of the four chain stitch varieties , which I had worked this week.
A. cable chain stitch

8.ch A cab ch sampler

b- knotted cable chain stitch

8.ch B kn cab ch-sampler

c-checkered chain stitch

8.ch C che ch sampler

d-shell chain stitch

8.ch D sh ch sampler

This is the last stitch for this week’s chain stitch challenge. This was the 32nd week’s stitch of previous TAST challenge.
I had not done this stitch before,
1- so the sample started with the working of the stitch,then I tried the long and short version of this stitch, then I tried changing the direction of the shell chain, thne worked two rows of this stitch.

8.ch D sh ch-1

2-a.I tried inserting the needle in the same hole of the chain stitch, then alternated with normal shell chain stitch.
b. I wanted to two shells on this row, but this looks like a buttonhole variation or feather stitch variation.LOL!

8.ch D sh ch-2

3-in this row, individual shell chain stitches are worked on variegated thread.

8.ch D sh ch-3

4-a.the shell chain are worked in three different lengths.
b. the shell chain stitch is worked with normal chain stitch.

8.ch D sh ch-4

5- in these rows the shell chain stitch is combined with open chain and twisted chain stitches.

8.ch D sh ch-5

6- a zigzag version of shell chain stitch.

8.ch D sh ch-6

7-a- I tried twisting the shell stitch in this row.
b. the shell is worked over the twisted chain stitch.

8.ch D sh ch-7

8- a. Instead of starting the shell stitch in the same line, I started it in the next hole.
b. I tried combining shell chain stitch and cretan stitch. It is good that I have written what I have done in this row, otherwise , I wouldn’t recall this weird idea, by looking at it.LOL!

8.ch D sh ch-8

9- the shell chain stitch worked with cross stitch.

8.ch D sh ch-9

10-I did this row of shell chain stitch with detached chain stitch.

8.ch D shc h-10

With this row the shell chain stitch sampler is complete. I am also finishing the varieties of chain stitch for this week.

As a part of the chain stitch [TAST 2012 stitch challenge] varieties, I am working on  samples of checkered chain stitch.

1-      These rows are for getting the feel of this stitch.

8.ch C che ch-1

2-did a zig zag version of checkered chain stitch.

8.ch C cha ch-2

3-a-the length of the chain stitches are varied.

b-as this is also a part of chain stitch, I worked detached chain stitches in a row and worked normal chain stitches over them

8.ch C che ch-3

4- worked this row, keeping the checkered chain stitch idea.

8.ch C che ch-4

5-the same checkered chain stitch idea  is   worked in  another variation, with bugle beads.

8.ch C che ch-5

6- another variation, where a pattern is formed with this stitch.

8.ch C che ch-6

7-two chain stitches in alternating colours are worked in this row.

8.ch C che ch-7

8- another pattern is worked in this variation.

8.ch C che ch-8

With this row I completing my checkered chain stitch sampler.

Tomorrow I need to start on shell chain stitch , which is the last variety of chain stitch , I am working this week .

Today I worked some more samples of knotted cable chain stitch.
4-after working a row of this stitch, I added pink seed beads over the knot. Tried adding two beads to see the effect.

8.ch B kncab ch-4

5-in these three rows I tried changing the angle of the knot and the chain
a-the knots were done in an angle and the chains were worked in straight line.
b-the knots here were worked on straight line and the chains were worked in an angle.
c- in this row the knots and the chains are perpendicular to each other. The working of the row is not good.

8.ch B kncab ch-5

6- a row of knotted cable chain stitch is laced with another thread.

8.ch b kncab ch-6

7-two rows of chain stitches are worked with knotted cable chain stitch.

8.ch B kncab ch-7

With these samples I am completing my knotted cable chain stitch sampler. Tomorrow , starting with checkered chain stitch.

The next stitch in the varieties of chain stitch, is knotted cable chain stitch. This was the 48th week’s stitch of the TAST Challenge by SharonB.
I had never tried this stitch before, my samples in this picture are mainly to get the feel of the stitch. I have tried varying the length of the knot and the chain in these rows.

8.ch B kncab ch-1

These three rows, I have combined this stitch with normal chain, twisted chain and open chain stitches.

8.ch B kncab ch-2

3-in the first row I worked fly stitches along with this stitch. In the next row detached chain stitches are worked with this stitch.

8. ch B kncab ch-3

I’ll try to work on this stitch some more tomorrow.

Cable chain stitch
I worked a few more samples of cable chain stitch today.
2- In the first row , I laced the cable chain stitch. And combined cable chain stitch with untwisted chain stitch.

8.ch A cab ch-2

3-this row the cablechain stitch is alternated with twisted chain stitch.

8.ch A cab ch-3

4-the zig zag version of cable chain stitch.

8.ch A cab ch-4

5-In the first row the cable chain stitch is whipped on both sides. In the next row, Cross stitches were worked in between the cable chain stitches.

8.ch A cab ch-5

6- bunch of three detached chain stitches are worked on a row of cable chain stitches.

8.ch A cab ch-6

7-beads were added to a line of cable chain stitches.

8.ch A cab ch-7

With these samples I am completing my sample stitches of cable chain stitch.
Tomorrow it is knotted cable chain stitch.

I am planning to do a stitch sampler with varieties of chain stitch for this week’s TAST 2012 stitch challenge by SharonB.
These stitches are chosen from earlier TAST challenges . I had not explored them , when participating in those challenges. This way, I am able to work those unfinished stitches and also get to work on this week’s stitch.
1. Cable chain stitch
The first stitch chosen is cable chain stitch. This was the 36th week stitch of first TAST Challenge.
Since I had not used this stitch much, I am starting to familiarize myself with this stitch.
The sampler in progress- in this part of the sampler, I have started with working this cable chain stitch, alternating the size of the chain stitch, alternating the length of the cable, starting the stitch in the middle of the previous stitch and combining it with chain stitch

8.ch A cab ch-1

This week it is chain  stitch  of the stitch challenge TAST 2012 by SharonB . I have used this chain stitch  on my embroidery many times. but when it comes to exploring this stitch’s possibilities, Iam stuck for ideas.

Sharon had also written that-

For more experienced stitchers I am encouraging them to take the stitch and push it further. There are loads of varieties of chain stitch some of which I introduce later in the challenge (although not next week!) That the challenge is to take a stitch and see what can be done with it.

This led me to think of differnet varieties of chain stitch. actually I had not completed  the previous TAST challenges. With this idea,I browsed through the stitch categories of the  previous challenges and found these easy[hopefully] chain stitch varieties.

1.cable chain stitch

2.knotted cable chain stitch

3.checkered chain stitch

4.chained bar stitch.

5.shell chain stitch

with these choices, I have to learn and  work on these stitches .

hoping to start tomorrow.



Continuing with the details of my detached chain stitch sampler,
22-this row is a combination of herringbone stitch and detached twisted chain stitch.

7.de ch2-22

23- this row is worked in closed buttonhole stitch, twisted chain stitch and a set of five detached chain stitches.

7.de ch2-23

24- variations of detached chain stitches.

7.de ch2-24

25- I made some shapes with herringbone, chevron, feather and buttonhole stitches and worked the detached chain stitches on them.

7.de ch2-25

26- I tried detached chain stitches on lace.

7.de ch2-26

27-detached chain stitches are worked on beads and sequins. Bad choice of sequin. A darker colour would have looked better.

7.de ch2-27

With these variations I am completing this detached chain stitch sampler.
The finished sampler- part1

7.de ch2-sampler-1

Part 2-

7.de ch2- sampler2


7.de ch2- sampler-3

Part 4-

7.de ch2-sampler4

Waiting for next week’s stitch and enjoying the works done by other members of this challenge.

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