Friday, November 16, 2012
Exploring Chain Stitch
When I first thought about an exploring-a-stitch themed post, I was mainly thinking of fill stitches - mostly because I really love picking out stitches to fill up spaces! But of course other stitches deserve attention as well and with the help of some photos from our lovely Flickr pool contributors, this week will look at one that's extremely versatile.
Chain stitch is probably my very favorite stitch, there's just something so satisfying about creating those quick, fat lines! It's really great for curves and texture alike and, as we'll see, makes an equally good fill or line stitch.
Because it's quite a thick and tall stitch, chain stitch makes for great solid fill, especially where a bold effect is needed, as in in Olisa's eye-catching "Do Not Flake On Me":
Audrey of Het Groene Kamertje has taken advantage of the way chain stitch creates smooth curves and knobbly texture and used a variety of earthy tones to create instantly recognizable tree bark:
And, lastly, Michelle of Pardalote combines all of these qualities in her incredible embroidery of the planet Jupiter. The chain stitch curves and swirls around and has such depth, I just can't help but want to touch it!
And to think, this is just the beginning of what the almighty chain stitch can do! Ok, I'm a little biased, but I do think it's a wonderful stitch. Come back next week when I'll talk about all the chain stitch variations and what makes them special!