My latest sample from the Take a Stitch Tuesday challenge:
Barred chain stitch with a bit of running stitch
It’s always nice to learn something new. This stitch is that for me. I have stitched both chain stitch and twisted chain, but had never put them together before. The barred chain stitch alternates a chain with a twisted chain. On this sample, you can see that each twisted chain has a long extension on it to make the thorns on the leaves.
Continuing in my work with sheers, I’ve used organza and chiffon to color the flower and leaves. It’s not at all obvious, but there is a pale pink on the flower. White tulle as the top layer to holds it all together without fusing or raveling of edges.
My inspiration was a thistle plant in a neighbor’s yard. I had seen it often on my walks and had been meaning to stop and sketch it, but never did. Luckily this challenge came before it was finished the bloom cycle–or before the neighbors had cut their grass.