Detached chain stitch

Well, I hate to say it, but I found myself distinctly uninspired with this stitch. I couldn’t really think of anything interesting to do with it. So, I chose simply to test out some different sizes and heights to get varied effects.

Here’s a bit of wide and narrow stitches.

And another selection of playing with patterns in some pretty metallic thread. I did some interweaving as well to see what that looked like.

Neither thread I selected shows up all that well against the fabric, unfortunately. Just another example of my lack of inspiration, I think. I probably should have taken the time to go look at other people’s playing before trying anything, but found it hard to find the time. Maybe next week, I can add in something more interesting with detached chain in combination with something else. By itself, it doesn’t seem to be truly interesting.

Buttonhole stitch

Well, the second week is the buttonhole stitch. This week I was a little better prepared, having bought some pearl cotton size 5 colors. And I had had my ideas expanded a bit by the previous week’s efforts of the group. So here’s what I came up with:

1) This one includes a buttonhole stitch of multiple sizes and multiple colors. It was an interesting effect, but I was using 6-strand embroidery floss for that in combination with the pearl cotton size 8, and it didn’t work for me. The colors were fine, though.

2) I also did a circular version, using some leftover metallic thread. It was a little difficult making a consistent circle. If I want something like that, it needs
some help to be a perfect circle.

3) This is a simple pattern of varying heights of buttonhole stitch, but with each section of the pattern being a different shade of red. I do like that one. I would, however, want to improve the smoothness of the transition from each color, but I’m not sure how to manage it.

4) Next, this is one where I did another circle, with the buttonhole stitch pointing outward. This would make a marvelous sun. The variegated thread added to the effect here, I think. It’s rather pretty — but I ran out of thread before finishing. I wasn’t so in love with it that I felt the need to finish.

5) Last, I decided to do something a little more elaborate and actually plan ahead on it. This one I actually drew out the pattern, so I’d have consistent sizing, and make an interesting shape. I think you can see that it’s a vague serpent shape.

I wanted to use more colors and more random heights for the buttonhole stitches to make a mottled effect, like snakeskin, but with an obvious preference for bright colors!

I look forward to the next one.

So how do we like this new year?

Not that much different, I gotta tell you. There’s already too much to do and too little time to do it. And much of it is my own fault. However, I’ll talk about what I’ve signed up for later. Right now I want to report on my embroidery experimentation.

On the blog In a minute ago, SharonB suggested Take-a-stitch Tuesday as a way of experimenting in a group on various embroidery stitches, for crazy quilting and just for exploration fun. Since I am trying to learn more embroidery stitches and get comfortable with them — after all, that is how you can then learn to see the possibilities of where to use them appropriately, I decided to sign up. So this past Tuesday, she started with herringbone stitch, with all kinds of fascinating possibilities.

I decided to start simple.

I knew I wanted to experiment with the different sizes and one type of thread, with interweaving, with herringbone on top of herringbone using a variegated thread, and with the shaping of a curve. So I did a little experimentation.

1) Pearl cotton with shaping.

I really liked that effect. I can see myself using it in a picture somewhere. It’s like the trusses on an old-fashioned bridge.

2) 6-strand embroidery floss with different sizes

You can’t really see all the sizes here — there’s only so much a camera can do, and it’s so difficult to get good, close-up, detailed shots that don’t blur! I really tried, too! (I think I will try again.) Anyway, I found it fascinating to see how the difference between herringbone over two stitches height, versus four, versus six, really changed the effect. Plus, I find myself becoming more and more fascinated with variegated thread. I love the effects of it.

3) 6-strand embroidery floss with two herringbone stitches laid on top of one another

AND 4) 3-strand embroidery floss with interweaving of two types

I find it interesting how the herringbone in #2 looked like braid when it was just two stitches high, but in #3, it also looks like braid, just a more complex one. I rather like the look, but then I’ve always loved long braided hair.
On #4, I established the base herringbone with a light green strand — they are actually variegated threads, but it’s such a long dye section that you can’t tell it here — and a weaving on each section of the herringbone in a light pink to contrast. It is a lovely, light combination, which I enjoy more than I expected to, since I like vivid colors. Then I tried a different weave on the right, and even with the same colors, it turned out to have a more definite contrast. My liking for definite color contrasts comes out — I think I like that one better. Maybe. I guess it depends on what effect I am trying to achieve.

Now, what else would I like to try? Well, depending on time, I’d like to try something with beads ON the thread and weaving in ribbon. I fear that may have to wait however. But this is fun!