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TAST -- Barred Chain and Alternating Barred Chain Stitch

03/24/12

  05:54:00 pm, by Airycat   , 319 words  
Categories: Needlework, Hand Embroidery, Stitches, TAST

TAST -- Barred Chain and Alternating Barred Chain Stitch

I really had no idea what to do with this one. It's not a stitch I have used much, if at all.

At first I simply started stitching†it†in†perle 5 and 8, with nothing in mind. The pink †made me think of coral or seaweed so then I added the fish in perle 5. When I did the line of barred chain (perle 12) below this section, it reminded me of water, so I added a few more lines to give the effect that it was all under water.
fish

What I was most reminded of as I did the section above was thorns on roses, so that's what I did next.
roses
I also experimented with color and thread size for the bullion roses. The rose on the left is perle 8, the center rose is perle 5 and the rose on the right is a mix of perle 5 and perle 8. †I like the mix on the right best for both size and color. The leaves are done in leaf stitch in perle 8. The stem is the alternate barred chain in 2 strands of green floss and one strand of red floss. The bottom line is perle 8.

spring scene
As I did the roses, the alternating barred chain stitch made me think of barbed wire. Both daffodil and camillia are in bloom here, so that the design idea. I used the perle 12 for the wire, perle 5 woven over 2 threads for the posts and perle 8 for all the rest. All flowers are French knots. The bush is also the alternating barred chain stitch. Daffodils are straight stitch stems and detached chain stitch. I think the effect of barbed wire looks better where I pulled the chain links tigher than is usually best (so that they look flat, rather than rounded).

Here's the whole sampler for this week:
Barred Chain Stitch sampler

Be sure to check out Pintangle, Flicker, Facebook and/or Stitchin' Fingers to see the wonderful samplers others are making with this (and other) stitches.

6 comments

Comment from: arlene [Visitor]
arlene

What wonderful scenes you were able to create with these stitches.

03/24/12 @ 18:51
Comment from: deborah [Visitor]
deborah

Beautiful!

03/25/12 @ 02:51
Comment from: celle qui rÍve [Visitor]
celle qui rÍve

Exactly the right stitc for roses’thorns ! Nice :d

03/25/12 @ 08:10
Comment from: Suztats [Visitor]
Suztats

Very nice examples for the barred chain!

03/30/12 @ 19:10
Comment from: Beatrice [Visitor]
Beatrice

Your embroidery is beautiful.

What type of fabric did you use? It has a nice texture.

10/18/13 @ 00:12
Comment from: airycat [Member]  
Airycat

Thank you,Beatrice. The fabric is from my scrap bag. I believe it’s a polyester knit or double knit…something popular in the early 70s.

10/19/13 @ 16:19
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