February 21, 2012

Take A Stitch Tuesday: Chain stitch

Take A Stitch Tuesday: Chain stitch

Well, here's another stitch I'm an old hand at - and it's one of my faves. This week's stitch on the Take A Stitch Tuesday challenge is the Chain stitch. I love using Chain stitch for lettering, as I did on the Lazy daisy and Chevron stitch hoops - it's curvy and chunky, and I find it easier to control than your average back stitch. I also threw in a bit of detached chain (lazy daisy), french knots, and back stitch for good measure.

If you want to learn to do the Chain stitch:
video tutorial on Needle n Thread
lovely photo tutorial on The Purl Bee

Here are my three TAST pieces so far, together on my wall:
three TAST pieces together

I used another scrap of the same pillowcase - only this time, I filled the entire hoop with the blue fabric. I really love the look of white chain stitch on the light blue background - it's so subtle and texture-y. :)

side view

I had the most fun yet just "winging it" with this hoop and stitching with no particular plan in mind. I love that silent place you go to when you're deep in the middle of crafting - you don't notice that there's nothing on tv, nothing on the radio, and you're just immersed in doing. To me, that's been the most wonderful part of doing Take a Stitch Tuesday this month.

Are you taking part in Take A Stitch Tuesday? Please leave a link to your blog in the comments so we can all have a look! I'll do a final roundup of everyone's blogs next week on my last TAST post. :)

Here are the peeps who've left their blog links so far:
Lisa: http://thetruevine.wordpress.com/2012/02/11/take-a-stitch-tuesday-chevron-stitch/
Rose: http://www.therosejournal.blogspot.com/
Jen: http://lovelymesses.blogspot.com/search/label/TAST
Jennifer: http://www.marriedtoabmw.com/search/label/Embroidery
Hanna: http://www.ihanna.nu/tag/tast/
Faith: http://airynothing.net/Blogs/anblog/tast/
Kathy: http://eclecticlamb.wordpress.com/category/embroidery/
Susan: http://cq4fun.livejournal.com/


  1. I'm doing TAST 2012 as well. My blog address is
    http://www.alshasspace.blogspot.com and you are welcome to come and have a look anytime.

  2. So, so pretty! I love what you did with this stitch!