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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

TAST Weeks 7 and 8 - Detached Chain and Chain Stitch

I fell behind on my TAST Challenge - (tsk tsk  bad girl!) but am all caught up again. Because these two stitches are so closely related I am posting them together. Week 7's stitch was the Detached Chain- often referred to as the Lazy Daisy. There really aren't a lot of ways to vary this stitch other than pulling it tight so it looks skinny, or leaving it a bit looser for a fuller "petal"; and you can vary the length of the catch stitch which anchors it. That's about it. So I just added it to some other stitches - Herringbone, Up and Down Buttonhole, Buttonhole and Chevron. Then I played around a bit with flower petals and "snowflakes"... and a few beads. I chose pinks to work with for Valentines week...





Last week, Week 8, was Chain Stitch week. Again, a pretty basic stitch, but easier to vary with lots of possibilities. So here's what I have done- from top to bottom: 1. Chain Stitch, 2. Chain stitch varying the size of stitch, 3. Zigzag Chain stitch, 4. Twisted Chain stitch, 5. Open Chain stitch, 6. "Spiked" Chain- my own name for it - just simply chain stitch with straight stitches added in another color, 7. Braided Chain or Heavy Chain stitch, 8. Cable Chain stitch, 9. Alternating Barred Chain and 10. Stacked Chain stitch. Whew! Now to get going on this week's challenge- couching.

Sharon's highlights for these two weeks can be viewed here and here.




Peace,
Linda




"Think big thoughts, but relish small pleasures." ~ H. Jackson Brown Jr.

4 comments:

Ranjana's craft blog said...

Linda,

All your works are good. The quilts! Oh God! Very beautiful. I also make quilts, but not as good as you.

GailM. said...

Beautiful work. I like that 6th row. I think the stitch that I did like that was called the wheat stitch. I'll have to look in my book.

Love your pictures from today's blog too!!

JennyPennyPoppy said...

Lovely work on your stitches & I'm glad you were able to catch up. Looking forward to seeing what you'll do with the couching stitch :)

thriftyfinn said...

Your samplers are so neat! I fell behind with mine and my next stitch now is chain stitch. I'm bit nervous about the couching and I might use your idea of using ribbons.

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