Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Old and new raised chain stitches and variations

TAST stitch 81 is raised chain stitch variation. TAST stands for Take A Stitch Tuesday, a challenge at Pin Tangle.

I stitched 2 rows on my TAST 2010 sampler, one in Caron Wildflowers,
and one in perle 5. And then I never used it again until yesterday.
This week I cheated a little. A knew which variation Sharon was mentioning last week for this week's challenge, so I finished my new stitches early. I stitched both versions of raised chain stitch (AKA raised chain band) on 14 count Aida. The first 3 samples are this week’s stitch, raised chain stitch variation (AKA raised chain band variation). Here I made a foundation of straight stitches over 2 squares, changing from left to right. I made small purple chain stitches in the centre with large green chain stitches at both sides. The threads are perle 8.
This was the sketch for my experiment.
In this experiment  I made straight stitches over 1 and 3 squares. The thread is Stef Francis spun silk with flames, it changes in colour and thickness.
Here I replaced the chain stitch by alternating twisted chain stitch. The threads are Caron Watercolours and perle 8.
This is a progress photo of the alternating twisted raised chain with Caron Watercolours. I stitched it over 3 straight stitches.
The next experiments are the raised chain stitch from last week. This is the foundation with the start of the first row of raised chain stitches.
The finished row, it’s done with Caron Wildflowers Wasabi.
A fly stitch foundation for my next experiment. The thread is perle 8.
Three rows of raised chain stitches with cotton a broder on the fly stitches. It would be a nice border.
A zigzag with perle 8. It’s a bit bulky, I should have used a thinner thread or put the straight stitches further apart.
The foundation for my last experiment, the thread is cotton a broder. I planned to fill it all with raised chain stitches, . . .
. . . but I liked the single row too much to do that! I think this would look very nice with beads.
Take a closer look at my Aida sampler here.


  1. Shout out loud: Fantastic! Your experiments are great and beautiful.
    I told you already - they are perfect to be published in a book.

  2. I would like to shout out even louder! Your ideas of how to 'twist' the TAST stitches always amaze me; WHERE do you get your ideas from? Apart from the ideas, your presentation, both in text and pictures is so neat and easy to follow. I fully agree with Anneliese - your work is perfect for publishing in book form.
    Thank you for always being such an inspiration, Annet.

    1. Thank you Queenie. I learned to look at stitches in a different way in Sharon's classes. Especially the retired PLOS class.

    2. Thanks to Sharon and the blogging world that opened up to me, I have gained so much. However I need to learn how to take stitches further, to vary and combine them. Here you and Chitra are such fantastic examples of what one can do to a basic stitch.
      By the way, what does PLOS stand for?

    3. PLOS stands for Personal Library Of Stitches. Sharon has no info about it anymore, but you can see what I did for this class here:

    4. Thanks for explaining and sharing the link. It is an impressive piece of work you made. I have already found favourite stitches and ones I do not like that much from the TAST stitches we have learned. I will have to make a PLOFS (doesn't sound very nice!!!) book, Personal Library of Favourite Stitches when TAST is completed.

  3. the twisted chain works very well,along with all the other variations so much variety as the comments above you should think of publishing as your have such a talent with taking the stitches not one step but lots of steps further than the origional

    1. Thanks, Margaret. I always enjou experimenting with the TAST stitches.

  4. my fav is the last. funny how sometimes it's the simplest things that work - it sets off the chain.

    1. Thanks, Liz. You're right, sometimes less is more.

  5. great samples. I am yet to start on raised chain stitch version 2. your samples are very useful to start on ideas.
    Thank you

  6. These are superb, so neat, so inventive! Lovely :-)


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