March 19, 2012

TAST: Week 12--March 19-Barred Chain Stitch

The TAST Stitch for the Week of March19 is the Barred Chain & Alternating Barred Chain.
For more information and examples, check here on Sharon B's blog.



Photo Courtesy of Pin Tangle

20 comments:

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Another one to learn. I like this stitch, but have never seen how it is done.

Debra Spincic said...

Just a note to everyone--

If Sharon elects to offer a "catch up" week, we will still have a weekly reveal. It is too important to keep the momentum going here. I am sure we can all find something to stitch and show.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Debra, put down the whip and walk away ;-D

Debra Spincic said...

Ohhh sure! Like that is going to happen!

I look forward to the weekly reveals alot!

Judy S. said...

Mine sure doesn't look like her sample.... :(

cq4fun said...

Me, too, and in order to finish on time this month, I'd have to do it anyway. =)

Debra Spincic said...

You've already tried it?

Judy S. said...

I did, but the results are less than dazzling!

Judy S. said...

Yep, but my results are less than dazzling. And here you had me all psyched for the bullion stitch. LOL

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

I couldn't go a week without stitching (unless life got in my way). My family would think there was something wrong.

Debra Spincic said...

ha! Ha! have you tried the bullion stitch? I've done a few roses and they really are pretty.

Debra Spincic said...

So, see, everyone will have something to show. I bet.

Debra Spincic said...

I've looked through my various references and don't find the Barred Chain Stitch listed directly for any kind of seam treatments.
One of the goals for me this year was to develop a set of "go to" seam treatments & I find TAST frustrating in that oftentimes the stitches don't work well for that application. (And, I am not that motivated to experiment!)
That being said, for those that have Carole Samples' book, pgs 129 & 130 have some chain stitch designs that might be interesting as Barred Chains. I suppose they would have little barbs sticking off them! Might be worth a try.
I guess one advantage to the Barred Chain is that it gives you an automatic spot to add beads, buttons or charms.

Any other thoughts on the stitch?

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

I read somewhere (I thought on Sharon's post) that the Barred Chain stitch is a regular Chain stitch alternated with a Twisted Chain stitch. Of course I had never done the Twisted Chain stitch, so I've learned how to do that.

Debra Spincic said...

That's what I understood too--think it was from Sharon.

Debra Spincic said...

I did my stitching last night. It's an easy stitch so everyone should be able to master it. It depends upon how closely you stitch to the previous chain as to how "barbed" your chain looks. In the picture, those stitches are quite a bit more barbed than mine with a bit more space between the openings. At least with what I did, not a terribly dramatic stitch but good to know nonetheless.

Also, this picture is not a chain, twisted chain (Like we understood). This is more of 2 alternate on 1 side then 2 alternate on opposite side-- which I didn't try but maybe I will. It forms a different pattern.

Suztats said...

I stitched last night, too, until I broke my hoop (again!) This is the second hoop I've gone through so far this year.sigh.
I found the stitch easy enough to do, but feel rather ho-hum about it. I'm not feeling very inspired. I tried the 2 and 2 alternating but it didn't spark any creative ways to showcase this stitch.
No doubt there will be some fabulous designs by TASTers to show me what I couldn't see.

Debra Spincic said...

Yea, I hear you. I felt the same way. It was, like, OK, next.

You need to let go of that death grip you have on the hoop! Ha! Ha!

Deborah McLaughlin said...

My dog ate my wooden embroidery hoop. Honest.

Debra Spincic said...

LOL!