Saturday, March 10, 2007

Barred chain stitch

No... I didn't fall in and the aliens didn't come and get me! Mom arrived last weekend and it has taken me a few days to adjust.

I have been having trouble with getting myself to sit down and stitch on the samplers for Sharon Boggon's Take a Stitch Tuesday. I have come to the conclusion that I am just not a sampler kinda gal, so I made some crazy quilt blocks out of the scraps from my queen bed quilt to use for my stitches. I'm not sure how I will use them in my bedroom but it sure was nice to get back to embroidering a crazy quilt block!

Here's a 10.5" block:
Block 10-5

and here's a 5.5" block:
Block 5-5

and a 3" block:
Block 3

I sat down yesterday (finally) and played with the Barred Chain stitch and the Alternating Barred Chain stitch and here is the result on the 3" block:
Barred chain001
This picture is a scan, whereas the others are photographs, but I think you can see it pretty well.

I really like the Barred Chain Stitch but I think the Alternating Barred Chain stitch is going to take some work to move into my bag of tricks. On the last seam I did on this little block (the shortest one up on the upper left corner of the center piece) I used the Alternating Barred Chain stitch and made the regular chain stitches much shorter than the Barred Chain stitch and I really like how that came out. I'll be playing some more with that idea in the future.

Regular posting shall resume. Or at least as regular as I ever post! LOL!!


Debra Spincic said...

I prefer working the stitches on a block too. It's an interesting stitch. Nice job with yours.

Allison Ann Aller said...

I didn't have time for my TAST this week, so I am glad to be able to study yours.
Good work!

Susan said...

This will never be one of my favorite stitches, but I like what you did with it. I'm not a sampler person, either. I did a curved sun segment on one of the round robins, and it came out okay, too.