Chevron and half Chevron: brief revisit

November 12, 2008

Due to the work I was doing with the alphabet over the weekend I couldn’t leave the Cheveron and half Chevron stitch alone. Here are some of samples. For some reason I worked primarily with the 100/3 silk and so the work in last three photos has a more delicate, airy look.

This first photo deals with some ideas on borders and couching. I definitely wish I’d pulled out pima cotton threads to work with and done more couching. Perhaps time will come along to try more experiments with that soon.


My thoughts were probably drifting to borders due to the reading I’ve been doing on Laura J Perin’s blog Two-Handed Stitcher. She has done or is in the midst of an interesting series of articles about borders and their impact on the overall design. I think the series began here and then you may follow the links (2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th) or just click on the label “borders” at the end of her post and scroll up through the series. Many thanks to Laura for these excellent posts.

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After these samples I became fascinated with what I was calling a flat half Chevron stitch until I realized it is more probably a detached variation of the cable stitch or chained cable stitch. That’s what I plan will be in the next post scheduled for Friday (us, west coast).

I’m diligently working on the balance issues from Friday’s post and have about 4 cut and paste version that I’m pleased with. I’m going to see if I can scan or photograph them well enough to put into a post. Many thanks for the feed back and emails on that issue. Every one has been so kind and helpful. It is hard for me to be patient and work with a design in this manner but the rewards of learning more are mounting up.  That keeps me going. Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any suggestions. I’m definitely open to more experiments.

Second try playing with the Chevron stitch

April 9, 2008

Yes, I’m still having a good time playing, too. The software is functioning to the point that I can at least cut and paste in html. This is a good improvement from yesterday. And it is better than a few days prior when I was writing the code myself.

This first sample got a lot of special treatments. The others are very straight forward.


Working on my curves and circles…a ways to go on that. 

Open and lacy

Still playing with the Chevron variations

April 8, 2008

These are some more of the Chevron variations I keep playing with. It’s a great stitch. In most of them there is a nice channel for carrying a ribbon, bulky thread or lacey edging.

…in case you haven’t guessed…

my photographs won’t load. They just lost over three fourths of what I wrote in my post when I published. I’ll try posting again tomorrow about noon (west coast, usa).


The Chevron stitch variations

April 7, 2008

I’m struggling with this new service provided for postings. Finally my tools are coming up and are not blank. I’m sorry to say I still haven’t located spell checker. In the meantime, I’ve been having a lot of fun stitching and working with leaves.

I’ve also been learning more about the woven picot leaves from Anne. She is a good teacher. And perhaps soon I will be able to show you some more of what she has taught me.

Today, however, I wanted to swing back to the work I was doing with the Chevron stitch variations. They is so close to the sorbello that I keep looking to see if I should perhaps call them sorbello variations.  

This last sample is an example of why these variations seem so close to the sorbello stitch to me.

Working experiments with the Chevron stitch

April 2, 2008

I’ve been working on experiments with the Chevron stitch. My stitching with it is based on applying some concepts from my experiments with the sorbello stitch.

In attempting to identify these variations, I see that there is a version of the feathered chain stitch that is similar to one of the variations I’ve done. If you know these variations that I’ve been working on by a particular name. Please do let me know. Thank you!

The Chevron stitch is a variation of the herringbone stitch. I’m speculating that perhaps it arose due to what I saw in an old needlework book called a double herringbone stitch.

Note: This is not what is commonly called a double herringbone stitch in our stitch dictionaries today. I’m searching to find what book it is so I can give you a reference. It was one in an on-line collection of copyright free material. I’ll post back here as soon as I locate it.

Many thanks to SharonB for her stitch dictionary!

There are three variations to the basic work.


This one is closest to the regular Chevron stitch. Instead of allowing the horizontal stitch to ride over the legs of the stitch, it is caught under them.

Once the horizontal stitch is tied down the flexibility increases.


Of course, this is the variation that I mention which is similar to the feathered chain stitch.


Due to seeing Annie‘s post the other day while I was in the midst of all these experiments, I tried a two color version as well.


I think I’ve got some more practicing to do.

I’m so thankful for so many on-line friends just like Annie and Neki (from yesterday’s post) who add sparkle to my thinking and make me try something different.

Double back stitch trials and errors

January 31, 2008

I had such a nice surprise in my mail from Paula at The Beauty of Life (much missed and not available any longer) –beautiful silk threads from Australia. Sparkles and shine are hard to capture in a photograph but this is my best efforts with the photograph. Totally unexpected and totally delightful. Many thanks, Paula.


Last week I began working on some pulled work that was based on the double back stitch. I was trying to do a staggered double back stitch. And it turned out to be a pulled chevron stitch. I still can’t find what I did wrong, but I know somehow I missed a step. I looked at the back side of the work and liked it so I stitched the pulled chevron stitch on the back of the fabric so it could be seen. I’ve been working with two other stitches that remind me of the chevron stitch and the sorbello stitch. While looking through another book this morning I found another similar stitch connected with the herringbone stitch.


Here is a double back stitch with little to no pull and then below the same pattern with a firm pull.



Blogs and the half-way point

July 2, 2007


This is a spot to say a word of welcome to new visitors to my blog.

I’ve found Sharon b’s Take a Stitch Tuesdays challenge for 2007 is a fun way to add to my knowledge and hand embroidery skills. Many stitchers are involved across a wide area of interests–crazy quilts, smalls and other fiber art projects. It is always a perfect time to jump in and see what it is like. Sharon has made it so flexible that the challenge stitching can easily fit your schedule or be done in the course of your normal stitching. While this challenge is no longer running and I think the posts no longer exist, there is much to see in more recent TAST challenges that Sharon runs. Please do look at the work many others are doing there. You may wish to take time to visit and explore other areas of her work at her website. From the stitch dictionary to her own stitching projects, there is a lot to see and read.

I wanted to highlight a few blogs that would give you a flavor of what happens. Here are four stitchers involved with crazy quilting who participate in the TaST challenge.

Ati of Ati on the crazy road did with this week’s stitch, the half chevron, on a crazy quilt block. She also used it in her seam treatment. While I can no longer find them available at the locations where I had them linked, Ati’s work is always worth checking out. And Ati, if you let me know where they are available or I missed them, I would be happy to re-link.

Annie of Annies Crazy World took the herringbone stitch (week 1) and used it with the reverse Palestrina stitch (Palestrina week 16) . She has a nice step by step on this, too. Then she also combined the herringbone stitch with the up and down buttonhole stitch (week 11). Both these new combinations made great seam treatments.

Maureen of CrazyQstitcher did a sampler using the half chevron. I loved her square, layers and borders. And I should have known I wouldn’t be the only one thinking about how to alternate these half chevron stitches.

And Susan of Crazyquiltsusan did a sampler, too. I especially loved the square on the lower left and the experiments with multicolored layers. Sadly another blog that I just can’t find any more. Susan, if this work is available please let me know I would be happy to relink.

Half-way point

While these samples with 100/3 silk seem rather mundane to be marking off the half-way point for Sharon b’s TSTC; nevertheless the point did arrive! And I’m happy about that. When I stop and think about it, it is those mundane daily stitch practices that have become the most important of TSTC for me. Thank you, Sharon, for being an expert guide and leader in going through these stitches. And thank you for being a good example to me in so many things.





tstc26gline7.png Oops, I guess this was a wasted effort!


tstc26gmotif2.png The half-way point!

And looking forward to the start of the second half!

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.

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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.