Well, on Tuesday I stitched my TAST for the week. I really love chain stitch - not sure why i feel differntly about detached chain. Anyway chain stitch is the stitch of the week and here are some examples of my hain exploration.
This is something I did for my PLOS stitch exploration. I was very happy with it in 2007 and still am.
This time around I have decided to find some variations from Edith John's Creative Stitches
Yellow Finca #8; Variegated Anchor #8
From the top (enlarge fo a better view)
Tied Chain - three rows of chain - the top two tied with yellow, the bottom, with variegated.
Threaded Chain - a row of variegated #8 , threaded with #5 DMC yellow and tied with #12 DMC Black
Crossed Chain - two rows of chain (variegated) the first section is crossed in only one direction while the second is also crossed back
The next three rows are interesting - I was trying , fairly unsuccessfully, to follow the instructions in the book for Linked Chain - I left the erroneous ones deliberately. The bottom row in yellow is I think correct. Interestingly Linked Chain is really linked detached chain.
This is followed by a row of variegated Barred Chain.
Alternating Barred Chain , in yellow.
The last row is what Edith calls Triple Chain - again I tried something different towards the left - not very obvious in te photo but the little detached chains are at a slight angle to the vertical. Next time I would probably slant them further.
There are not many of these stitches I would use in my embroidery. A pity I am not a crazy quilter! The only purpose I can think of is in, possibly, a biscornu on Aida. I like ordinary, everyday plain chain as an outline stitch and, sometimes, as a filler. However I had lots of fun trying these variations (also it is an excuse to use the psychedelic thread).
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