Sunday, November 28, 2010

Shell chain stitch

Nefertiti is finished, I made the last stitches last Friday. Unfortunately I cannot show her yet, because my camera died. I bought a new one, but I'm still learning how to use it. In the meantime I started with the first TAST-stitch I needed to catch up, the shell chain stitch. First I made a few rows with this stitch. The first row is perle 5. The second row is a buttonholed variation with perle 8. My thread was not long enought to stitch the complete row, but I left it that way, so I could see what I had done. The third row is perle 12 with 2,6 mm beads. I put it on the thread before making the second chain stitch. The bottom row is Stef Francis perle 5. It's a bit difficult to see, but I alternated the second chain stitch from left to right. Then I made a cup of tea and saw what my husband was doing. He was gathering his supplies for our new bathroom radiator. One of his supplies was a bundle of hemp! He had enough of it, so I could use some in my embroidery. I couched it with shell chain stitches in perle 5 and 8 and added some beads. When I showed it to my husband, he told me I made sushi!
If you want to see my complete sampler (or a better look at the last row), just take a look at my Flickr-page.


  1. Really great examples of this stitch. You are so creative.

  2. A great selection of ways to do the Shell stitch.
    Delicious looking sushi!

    1. Thanks, Queenie. It's fun to look at this old sampler again.


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