Friday, March 11, 2011

BAS - Week 65 - Meandering Chain Stitch

This week's Build a Seam (BAS) Challenge is something a bit different.  Instead of a new stitch, it is a different way of using an old stitch.  This week we will use chain stitch in much the same way as we used the meandering ribbon we have done in Week 30.  There is a good tutorial for basic chain stitch in Sharon B's Dictionary of Stitches here.
This sample is from an antique piece of embroidery and was used to attach a piece of embroidered gauze to a silk dresser scarf.  After fifty plus years it is still serving this purpose very well.  So, this technique would be very appropriate for a seam that is in need of stability from it's treatment instead of embellishment alone.  By meandering back and forth across the seam in a random manner (much like stippling in traditional quilting) with a line of chain stitch, you can do a lot to strengthen the fabric join.  Using a variegated thread as in the sample photo adds more interest and beauty to the stitching. 
I hope you'll enjoy this week's challenge and I'm looking forward to seeing how you use this in a seam treatment.  Have fun!


Anonymous said...

I really love this stitch Kerry.

Ruby said...

Kerry, I'm sorry I breezed by this earlier. So many blogs, so little time! Lame, uh?

Second look and I realized this is just what I need. A fairly simple stitch but a real beauty. What I see is the room the loops give you to actually use a variegated. Most seams are so short they are stitched before I get to the second color!! Thanks!