TAST Stitch 61: Raised Chain Stitch Version 1
I am not sure why, but looking at this particular stitch, I had a hard time envisioning it on one of my blocks. Perhaps because I am drawn toward smaller stitches and smaller beads? I am glad that I gave it a go - it was a fun one to work!
If you read the tutorial I shared Saturday explaining how I pieced this block, you know I made an oops and one seam needed to be secured with embroidery. I decided this stitch would do a beautiful job of attaching the top fabric to the foundation. (There is a link to the tutorial at the end of this post.)
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To make this stitch even, I planned to use waste canvas. So, my first step was to baste the loose seam. The fabric would be hidden beneath the waste canvas, and I did not want it to move and leave a gap.
This is 14-count waste canvas cut slightly larger than the area to be embroidered.
For smaller areas, I just pin the waste canvas in place - making sure it is lined up with the seam before stitching.
I used size 8 Anchor watermelon variegated 1201 pearl cotton floss.
I began my ladder stitches just barely catching the darker pink fabric above and counted down for holes.
Next, I removed the waste canvas. (Hmm... I tried not to pucker the fabric. Something to work on in the future.)
Note: I wanted this seam to extend a little bit past my seam line so it would not end abruptly on the finished block.
After the first few stitches, I fell into a rhythm and was able to stop referring to Sharon's great tutorial.
It was fun to watch it grow.
(I am not sure if you can tell, but with this row, I managed to secure the small thread that was peeking out to the right.)
And the 4th row completed the seam embellishment.
I plan to add more to the seam above this band of raised chain stitches. First, the seam above must be embellished.
TAST stands for Take a Stitch Tuesday, a personal stitching challenge offered by Sharon B. at pintangle.com. There is a Facebook TAST group. The creativity members share with these stitches frequently blows me away. You may learn more about TAST here. It is a challenge anyone may join at any time. I believe Sharon recommends you begin with stitches 1-10, as they are foundation stitches for several of the other stitches taught through the challenge.
I worked this stitch on my Crazy Quilt Journal Project (CQJP) 2017 January block. CQJP 2017 is a challenge to embellish a crazy quilt block each month. By the end of the year you will have 12 blocks to make a crazy quilt with. Registration for this year is now closed, but you may follow the work participants create here.
January CQJP 2017 - Piecing Tutorial: Oops, Now What?!
-You may read it on the blog or pin it on Pinterest.
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