I love the stitch for Sharon b‘s thirty-second TSTC week. It is the crested chain stitch, a combination of two stitches that I have a hard time with. I don’t do well with either the coral or chain stitch. I don’t do too well with the crested chain stitch. But for some reason I ended up liking it probably because of its versatility. If you haven’t already, please do read Sharon’s introduction and see another of my favorites in her fabric postcard collection.
Here are a few beginning trials with the stitch.
Very dense down two over four threads
This photo shows the difference when switching to down four and then over four and over six threads respectively.
The trials above were with one ply of pima cotton, this next is with two strands of silk floss, down four and over four.
Here is some previous work where the top blue thread is Perle 5, the next Perle 8 in peach and Perle 12 in the fine blue thread. If you follow the lines down around the curve to the bottom of the photo, you’ll notice how much playing there is in the size and density of the stitch. And I by no means seriously challenged its limits.