More on the half chevron stitch

June 30, 2007

A few experiments here with lines and diamonds and then a mini tutorial on the second grid in yesterday’s post.

Lines and diamonds

I had lots of fun with lines.
The first one kept changed as I went along.





These diamonds would be great for grids. I just didn’t have time to develop any ideas with them yet.

tstc26fflower1.png tstc26fflower2.png

Oops, something else sneaked in here. Definitely not a diamond!


Mini tutorial

This came about due to a comment asking how to do the second grid from yesterday. Thanks for asking Mady! I hope this is helpful to anyone wondering about that. I have tried to make things “see”-able. But, if anything seems unclear or I messed up along the line and didn’t catch it, please don’t hesitate to ask any follow up question by way of comments.

I appreciate all the comments so many of you leave as you visit the blog. Thank you! Please forgive me for not commenting as much as my general habit. I’m missing doing that; although I’m feeling better, I’m just not up to full strength yet. I’m seeing wonderful TaST work both in flickr and on so many blogs.
Here we go on the grid!

tstc26estep1.png bringing the needle up at the center and out from there at a forty five degree angle

tstc26estep2.png Now pull the thread through until everything is snug but not distorting the ground at all. Then put the needle on a ninety degree angle from the center point across from where the needle just came up through the fabric. Don’t pull this resulting stitch snug, but catch the thread with your needle as your needle come back up from the ground as shown below. This makes the start of the second leg of the half chevron. Now the stitch pull snug around your needle.


tstc26estep2ndleg.png This is the hardest part to capture on camera because the thread is hidden below the needle since it is continuing on the same forty-five degree angle as the first stitch. The next two photos may make it a little clearer what was being accomplished here.




Now you are basically at step two on this second angle and ready to pick up on step three. Repeat these steps for the third and forth angles. It may seem like a long process when I’ve stopped it at so many spots along the way. But it really went fast for me by the time the process was fixed in my mind by doing the first one.

Odds and ends on the half chevron stitch

June 29, 2007

I seem to have lost focus in stitching last night. Everything is a bit here and there. I’m  still thinking so much about this stitch and how it is worked and where it can be effectively changed that I seem to be going in a million directions at once.










The half chevron on trial

June 28, 2007

Sometimes that’s how I feel. I want see how each stitch will stand up under examination. The half chevron stitch is no exception. It’s been a very relaxing stitch for me. I like the rhythm in it.

Several of my samples today come out of things I saw in Sharon B’s introductory post. While the original post from Sharon is no longer available she has a recent post here about this stitch and perhaps some of the same photos I saw back then are incorporated in her recent post.




This is another grid that needs embellishment. If this grid won’t work, I still love the individual unit and think it will work on its own. There is still plenty of play left in the grid arrangement.

Here are a few other things I enjoyed stitching yesterday afternoon.


tstc26cbeadedline.png detached chain stitches added


The center is a rice stitch with back stitching.

Embellished, the changing line and other things

June 27, 2007

I think I rescued the grid from yesterday to my satisfaction. At least I’ve not chucked it out the window yet.


The changing line


Another line of sorts


Here are some more things I call my T stitches

tstc26bmytstitches.png a tiny snippet of the chevron.

I think they could be great fun.

Here are a couple of trials



TSTC Week 26: The half chevron stitch

June 26, 2007

Perhaps by this time next week I’ll join Sharon B in a happy dance over being half way through the TSTC year. Until then I’m going to be happily stitching away on the half chevron stitch that Sharon introduced us to for this week’s challenge. (Note: while the original posting I referred to is no longer available, here is a link to a recent post where Sharon introduced this stitch for a new TAST group.) Sharon’s provided so many interesting examples that I’m ahead by leaps and bounds in experimenting already. I also love her sample in the dictionary (link for stitch above).


Here are a few of the ideas that popped into my mind from this simple line.




Now this grid below is pretty ugly. But I saved it thinking that perhaps all it needs is some embellishment. I shall have to see what can be done, otherwise it’s going out the window. I’m already playing to adjust the concept.
tstc26apurplegrid.png Oops, now I see a mistake that needs to be fixed, before I go rushing off to embellish it. Sometimes the camera is better than my eyes!

Blogs, Expanded squares and broken rules

June 25, 2007


I thought I would highlight the blog of another participant in Sharon b’s TAST as a way of welcoming newcomers. Conni at The Scoop, Score and Deal has a blog that I always look forward to visiting. As a Vermonter (state flower: red clover), I very much appreciated her clover for the long and short stitch. She consistently has wonderful pieces up on her blog. Here are a few of my favorites: for TaST, here and here; from the embellisher, this piece; a work in progress, Binky’s Garden. If you’re not familiar with Conni’s blog, please do have a look around since I’ve only been able to highlight a few things. Thanks for a wonderful blog, Conni!

Expanded squares

This weekend I could not find one magazine in the craft store on embroidery. Out of frustration and being at loose ends, I picked up a Quilting Arts Magazine, Issue 27. It had me hooked by one article, Design Tools: The Expanded Square by Jane Dunnewold. I bought the magazine. I’m glad I did. I enjoyed the article and I found a lot of interesting things in it for a poor embroiderer like me.

Looking around the web, I found that there is an mini article on the technique by Jane here, at her website Art Cloth Studios. There is an article done by Lin Altman, a teacher at Cedar Creek Elementary in Texas, who mentions Jane’s article and pulls in lots of links and examples done by students some of whom are seventh grade students. Unfortunately, a number of the links do not appear to be working for the Santa Rosa Junior College and that is why I’ve put in the one link to student work that did work for me.

In my design class from last year expanded square exercises were by far my favorite involving paper. I did over 25 of them. Some are definitely school girl exercises. But when I got to play with them, I was amazed by the patterns and drama of the black and white image. It was nice to see such a well written article in Quilting Arts bringing this tool to the forefront.

One thing that made me smile was Jane’s encouragement that, “Once you get the basic rules figured out, you are free to break them.” One of my expanded square designs came back with words to this point from my teacher, you broke the rules, but I approve of breaking the rules when it turns out this well. She was too kind to mention the many times I broke the rules and it did not turn out so well.

Here are some broken rules on the long and short stitch. And I’m afraid, I still don’t have the basic rules on this stitch figured out.

Long and short with mirror image

tstc25fmirrorsquaresintr.png the key element: short-long-long-short

and fun with it


fun with the French knot

tstc25ffrenchknotsopp2.png opposing each other

and layering on one another


Rick rack the basic elements


and a row of fun tstc25fslanttogetherrow.png


A long and short buttonhole rows, opposing each other and filled in. Rather a bad job because my thread and fabric were working against full coverage.

Interlaced long and short slanted and facing each other with thin thread as the next layer on both sides and interlaced.


Patterns in the long and short stitch

June 23, 2007

I wanted to try some patterns with the long and short stitch. I tried some blends earlier in the week, but they are not patterns to me.

I’m making slow progress on the radial version of the stitch. I didn’t post any today. It’s not too exciting to look at yet. I’ve worked up to about three layers and ten to fifteen stitches on the third layer at an angle of ninety degrees. At least I’m not ripping it all out anymore!

Here are slivers and slices of patterns using the long and short stitch.




I might have cheated a bit with this one because I doubled up on the pattern–two longs, two shorts, two longs…