June 23, 2012

Debra-TAST-Cable Chain Stitch

I'm definitely adding the Cable Chain Stitch to my Stitch Stash of Go To Stitches. Once I realized the wrap had the same movement as a french knot with one wrap, I was happily stitching along.  I added it to 3 projects: my Sewing journal, TX Mockingbird Panel and now I have started My Life crazy quilt.

Thread thickness made a difference.  This is very delicate on the Sewing Journal page.


I prefer the roughness of these crewel wool threads over the dainty perle cottons.



This is the Cable Chain worked with a heavier perle cotton and I like the way the curve of the stitch softens the edge of the handmade bias tape.


So there you have it!

16 comments:

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

It really does make a difference using different weight threads. I think they each have their place. I also like the way the edge of your lace looks more finished with this stitch resting on it. I often find myself wondering what to do with the straight edge of some laces so thanks for the solution.

Suztats said...

Yours look so nice, Debra, and I like the way this stitch softens any edge. Your multi-rows look good.

Carol Neale-Broughton said...

The lace and cable chain make great stitch partners and the chain bands look quite frothy next to your buttonhole wheels. It's great how both placements work so well.

ladyhawthorne said...

Super! Isn't it fun how the different materials give the same stitch a different look?
I'm wondering if the "My Life crazy quilt" is a play on words? If it were mine it would have to be "My Crazy Life Quilt." lol.

cq4fun said...

I especially like the one along the edge of the lace. Very pretty. I figured out that it was French knot, but at first I did it wrong because I wrap mine the other way naturally. I had to think about it on every stitch. Yours look great, though!

Cy said...

1st photo - I like how the Cable Chain echoes and imitates the polka dots on the ribbon.
2nd photo - when I had finished scrutinizing the crochet piece (remember I'm a crochet-holic) I had a lovely surprise when I finally saw the Cable Chain on the fabric ruffle. Very inventive, well done.
3rd photo - could this possibly be a sneak preview of the "My Crazy Life" quilt? (Angela's wordplay)
4th photo - yes it does have the effect of softening the edge of the bias tape.

Debra Spincic said...

Here's my latest and greatest idea--use the weekly stitch on all available projects! My Crazy Life has been pieced but I hadn't started the embroidery (it's a huge project) so the other day when I looked at it, I realized it had lots of spaces for seam treatments that didn't need to be fancy. So, I believe it will get a needle to it each week too.

I will say that without this group I would not have continued in TAST. This week was an example of doing other needlework that held my attention; but, being accountable here reminded me to stop and sit quietly and stitch (which I need sometimes). So, thank you for helping me achieve my needlework goals.

Deborah McLaughlin said...

I love all the different textures. The pink and green is about my favorite - I love that color combo.

I probably would have never made it this far without the group either. Here is it halfway through and I'm caught up. I might not have turned in the most impressive work, or the most innovative or whatever - it won't win any prizes! LOL - but I've kept up, I've put something down and even when I did get behind I caught up. For me, this is an accomplishment in itself!! And it was Debra's switch (;-) ) and the group that kept my nose to the grindstone.

Anyway, kidding aside, I've enjoyed it, learned a lot, and have had tons of fun, and been inspired by all of your work!

Carol Neale-Broughton said...

I would really like to echo Deborah's comments. It surely doesn't get any better - learning, enjoyment and fun what more could we ask for. A huge and massive thank you to Debra for all her hard work without whom, for me, it wouldn't have been possible. Perhaps at our halfway stage it's a good time to step back and reflect on what we have achieved both personally and as a group.

Debra Spincic said...

That's a good idea for next week's reveal!

Carol Neale-Broughton said...

I'll start making my list.

Suztats said...

I know I've certainly benefitted from our group! Keeping up with TAST and CQJP may not have happened if I didn't have to be accountable. Too, I have learned so much from the sharing of ideas here, and all the constructive suggestions. Thanks bunches to everyone, and to you, Debra for all your hard work making it possible.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

This is a very supportive group and Debra you have a LOT if not everything to do with that (you and your switch). I would likely have kept up with TAST anyway and with CQJP because I become very focussed on my goals and can't seem to rest until I finish. Everything else slides however. But (yes...but), it would not be nearly as much fun. It is really inspirational to work with such a talented group.

Judy S. said...

Seeing everyone's work is getting me psyched to catch up! Thanks. Can't wait to see your whole block, Debra; you've got lots of pretty stitching here. Did you crochet that edging?

Debra Spincic said...

No, I didn't crochet it. I'll be waiting to do that until next year under Cy's tutelage. I'm not sure what I will do with the drawer full of crochet I currently have, though. Hmm, the decisions we must face!

Barbara C said...

Working on a long-term project has definitely easier with support and feedback. This group, and Debra's leadership, has been indispensable to me too. I really didn't want to do the cable chain stitch (how boring!) but the peer pressure got me going, and I was really glad I did it, as it was a handy stitch to learn.

Nice stitching Debra, especially over that raw-edge bias tape. I love the way you've incorporated that into your work.