This stitch was a new one to me, and now I love it. Raised Chain Band consists of a column of parallel stitches which are then interwoven with a second thread – the woven stitch sits on top, proud of the fabric. A very effective stitch, the variations are endless. This sample was created on Irish Linen.
The following experimental sample was created on Mulberry Bark Cloth and stitched with Perle cotton, DMC stranded embroidery thread, variegated hand dyed wool and coats cotton 50 weight sewing thread. Maintaining an even tension takes serious concentration – it pays off with a fab run of stitches.
There are a multitude of ways to create variation in this stitch – the obvious being the variety of threads and colours used – but it can also be found in altering the balance of thread thicknesses between the parallel and woven stitches; the placing of the woven stitch (to one side, leaving it central or letting it meander along the run of stitch); and playing with the columns of parallel stitches – varying the width of stitch and the size of the gap or interval between the stitches.
This Embroidery course has been a joy to take part in. I have learned so much. I hope you have enjoyed looking at my samples and are inspired to experiment yourself.
This stitch, at first glance, looks relatively simple to do – back stitch with a second thread looped through. The key to a good finish is maintaining a constant tension to create even loops – not as easy as you think.
This sample on Irish Linen was created using weaving silk, sari waste silk yarn, hand dyed variegated wool and hand dyed perle cotton yarn.
The following experimental sample was created on pages from an old book (three pages layered and machine stitched onto calico), using a range of Anchor stranded embroidery threads.
This is not as easy as it looks to create. Have a go yourself and experiment.
I thoroughly enjoyed working with this stitch – stem stitch, whipped with thread. The samples were were an excuse to play around with thread. I wanted to create samples with as much variety as possible so I raided my thread stash for as many textured threads as possible. This sample is created on Irish Linen using threads including hand dyed perle cotton, weaving silk, stranded embroidery thread and hand dyed silk thread.
This experimental sample was created on Aida Cross-stitch fabric using threads Perle cotton, vintage Anchor Fil a Dentelles No 70, viscose chainette and vintage Vicars Salome Tapesterie Rayon – Stem stitch wasn’t easy to sew into a curved line of stitch.
The variation in the work was created with changes in the length of the original stem stitch, variations in the thicknesses of thread, overlaying the stitches and playing around with the many ways of whipping the stitch. This was a joy to create. There are endless possibilities with this stitch, especially when you think about the potential for some fabulous colour combinations. I hope you have been inspired to have a go and experiment yourself.