Tuesday, September 29, 2015

TAST Week 12: Barred Chain and Alternating Barred Chain Stitches

TAST Week 12

As I worked with this week's stitches, I could have kicked myself for not thinking about adding them to my previous under the sea blocks!

The mermaid was created with watercolor pencils as part of Kathy Shaw's free Intermediate Crazy Quilt Course (ICQC) #102. (Registration for the beginner's course is open through September 30th, if you are interested!)

For the seaweed above, I used DMC size 5 perle cotton #4045, a variegated green, and the barred chain stitch.  The flowers were added with DMC size 8 perle cotton #48, a variegated pink, and detached chain stitches with elongated tacking stitches.

The mermaid above was also created from Kathy Shaw's free ICQC #102 course. This scene was colored with Crayola crayons following this tutorial from quiltingboard.com.

The alternating barred chain stitch was created using a strand of DMC size 8 perle cotton #954, a light green. Mill Hill Magnifica Glass Beads #10026 were then attached with a strand of DMC 3688 floss.

TAST stands for Take a Stitch Tuesday. It is a personal stitching challenge offered by Sharon B. on Facebook and on her blog, pintangle.com. You may read more about it here. This week, the barred chain stitch and alternating barred chain stitches were introduced. If you follow the TAST Facebook group, you know there are some incredibly inspiring examples of these stitches being shared. Thank you, Sharon, for offering TAST!

Thank you for stopping by!


Createology said...

Wonderful stitches and I really like seeing what you are able to create. The beaded spider with his web is also uber cute. Creative Stitching Bliss Dear...

Brigitte said...

Wonderful, this mermaid. It's always interesting to see these new-to-me stitches and what you can create with them.

Christine B said...

What a lovely mermaid and fabulous use for the barred chain stitches.... will have to remember that idea! Christine x

Anonymous said...

That is a perfect seaweed stitch, and you did it so beautifully - both places. I like how different they are in different threads, too. Your mermaids are simply lovely. I can hardly wait to see the entire block when you finish. I know it will be beautiful, but I appreciate the up-close details you share.

Katie said...

Beautiful mermaids.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Barred chain stitch is perfect for seaweed - great idea!