08.chain stitch varieties

This week’s chart on Randje per week 2016 challenge was completed on Saturday. The alphabets had some ‘O and ‘X’ missing on them.
Grey crepe tunic
I completed a motif on this tunic. Anchor # 20 red is the main colour. Blue is used to break the monotony. Now it is time to start on the yoke which is medium sized. After working the motif, an idea came to work the chain stitches really small, resembling the Aari work. The Kashmiri embroidery is worked in open chain stitches in wool I suppose. This idea will be in action on the yoke, thus making this project more time consuming. And I am yet to get used to working without hoop.


WIPW 77- grey tunic Kashmiri-3

It seemed like a good idea to design another embroidery piece for a tunic while working on this tunic. While designing for a narrow border, another design idea popped into mind. Thus two pieces are ready for embroidery. The tunics are finalized and the designs will be traced after the completion of the grey crepe tunic.
My friend wanted a tunic to be designed, so she can learn and work the embroidery on that. The design was ready yesterday. The embroidery is to start today. next week , I can show more light on this joint effort.
TAST 2016
Last week’s and this week’s stitches on TAST 2016 challenge were already worked earlier. So peeking on other’s samples is the general idea.

The final part of this sampler was worked today.

51.knotted cable st2-sampler2

51.knotted cable st2-sampler2

3.Again this stitch is worked vertically in the first row,, the starting point of the knot is taken from the centre of the previously worked knotted cable stitch. Arrow stitch variation and knotted cable stitches are worked in the second row. Two feather stitches are worked after knotted cable stitches in the third row.



4.Rimjim thread is laced through the individual knotted cable stitches in the first row. This stitch is worked over straight stitches in the second row,[ I was hoping for butterfly chain effect here, but the twisted chain was tricky]. The last row of this stitch is worked with pistil stitches.



I seem to have been working only on TAST challenge these past few weeks. Still I am looking forward to TAST2013 challenge. I never thought, I’ll work all the stitches of this year’s challenge, but slowly I made progress and today the total length of my TAST 2012 stitch samplers is 43 FEET!
I did not aim for anything in particular, just hoped I’ll complete all the stitches.
Though some stitches were repeated and was worked again, I always learnt something new. To give a life to an idea was an uplifting experience. After looking at the new sample, a new idea formed again. This was a wonderful learning process.
The way other people shared their creative endeavours also motivated me.my heartfelt thanks to SharonB for making all these things possible.
Eager to start TAST 2013!

Knotted cable stitch is the 51st week stitch of the TAST 2012 challenge by SharonB.
I had done this stitch sampler earlier on this challenge under the heading of chain stitch varieties. I had some incomplete stitches from earlier TAST challenges, of which four were chosen and worked  on this chain stitch varieties.
This being last stitch of this challenge, a small sampler would be a nice finishing touch. The sampler as of today-

51.knotted cable st2-sampler1

51.knotted cable st2-sampler1

1.Not remembering exactly how the stitch was done [after working the sampler!] I wanted to work the basic knotted cable stitch in the first row, and individual knotted cable stitches are worked in the second row. The starting point of the following k.cable stitch was taken inside the preceding stitch in the third row. If it is too confusing, the picture tells all.



2.Combining this stitch with oyster stitch in the first row, cleared the mix-up of these two stitches. Individual knotted cable stitches are worked with Algerian eye stitches in the second row and Cretan stitch in the third row.



This week’s stitch on TAST 2012 challenge by SharonB is cable chain stitch.
I was not expecting this! I had skipped this stitch in the previous challenge, and worked on it as a category of chain stitch during the 8thweek of this challenge. Now this stitch has its own place on this challenge. I want to maintain the tempo of my stitch sampler, so will work on a few variations of this stitch . the sampler-

25.cabl chain stitch sampler-2

The details-
1. As  suggested by SharonB on her blog, I tried this stitch on curved line, on these two rows-


2. On the first row, cable chain stitch is worked over three straight stitches worked at even intervals. The second row,the cable chain sticth is combined with crossed buttonhole stitch.


3.cable chain stitch is worked with bugle bead rows.


4.the first row ,cable chain stitch is worked between two rows of herringbone stitch. The second row,I tried combining cable chain stitch with stem stitch, not very appealing though. The third row cable chain stitch worked over a row of vertical herringbone stitch.


5. first row is a combination of cable chain stitch with feather stitch.
The second row, it is a combination of cable chain stitch with Cretan stitch, for some reason I  like this variation.


6.this row is a combination of cable chain stitch with buttonhole wheel.


This week’s cable chain stitch sampler is completed with this row.

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.

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