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Saturday, February 18, 2012

TAST week 7 ~ detached chain stitch

flora on rose petal

these are the tiny white flowers that came within  a bouquet of flowers resting on a single fallen rose petal from the same bouquet. the white flowers where not the usual baby's breath but i don't actually know what they were. if any reader knows please feel free to share this info with me within the comments.

this week (7) the detached chain stitch is the challenge on TAST.

it's a simple stitch that i've been aware of for a very long time but i still learned something in regards to it: i've always called this stitch a lazy daisy and that is not it's actual name.
i decided to do my sampler so that i showed the difference between a chain stitch and a detached chain stitch. the top example is done in a luscious red chenille which probably wouldn't hold up to pulling through the density of a regular fabric but did fine through the open weave of this linen.
the bottom example is done in a single strand light green thread of unknown content. two very different looks for these stitches simply by varying the thread. the stitch uses the same count/spaces in both examples and has been worked with a slightly elongated catch stitch portion.

the christmas stocking features the detached chain stitch done in a single strand of fine white thread  (unknown content). i stitched it in groupings of three (once again worked with an elongated catch portion of the stitch). this has been positioned onto the top of an already stitched portion that you may remember from an earlier post.

and this is one of my fabric covered buttons.
here are the details in the order that i worked them:
  1. a buttonhole stitch in a single strand of green thread was worked directly on the seam seam line.
  2. a detached chain stitch in two strands (one of orange and one of a variegated yellow to orange color) using regular cotton floss applied to the purple side of the buttonhole stitch at regular intervals determined by the buttonhole stitch's spacing.
  3. wrapped the extended part of the buttonhole stitch (once) with the same two threads used to make the detached chain stitch.
  4. fly stitch on the yellow side of the buttonhole stitch between every other space within the buttonhole stitch. i used a purple Gutermann quilting thread.
  5. a colonial stitch was centered above the fly stitch in the same Gutermann quilting thread.
  6. a single running stitch was added above the colonial knot, once again using the same Gutermann quilting thread.
if you think that you may be interested in learning embroidery or practicing the stitches you already know it's well worth a visit to Pin Tangle to join in with this project.

some of the examples this week that have caught my attention from other 'Pin Tangle Players' are  the use of it in combination with shisha work here and the lilac's done with this stitch here.

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  1. You are such a fine needlewoman, Libby Q!
    Today is warmer in Colorado. I am thankful. The cold weather makes me ache!
    Must get some flowers!
    love love love

  2. Beautiful photo!Close up photos of flowers are wonderful and amazing.Makes me think of their creator.Every time I visit you It's a good lesson in stitches.I love it-thank you:)Denise

  3. What a pretty flowers dear.
    Then your neat and cute work od this stitch.
    By the by thanks for linking my blog here and I am happy.

  4. Very nice! I have a hard time putting stitches together and making it look cohesive. You did it beautifully!!

  5. my embroidery is never very neat! I love that button. I don't know what the flowers are but they are beautiful, they look waxy??

  6. That is an amazing close up photo, truly lovely. I love the buttons too, what a fun way to use hand stitching

  7. Another of your beautiful bottons! This button had a secret treasure in it for me. You have quite clearly demonstrated a wonderful seam treatment for Crazy Quilting. I am going to write this down so I won't forget it, the next time I am at a loss as to what to put on a seam. Thank You!


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