Detached cable stitch and variation: experimenting

November 19, 2008

Over the weekend I was disappointed to find I wasn’t to be ready to take the variation of the detached cable stitch off grid. I attempted some off grid work with it, but it didn’t hold up. For me that usually means one thing, I haven’t spent enough time with a stitch in school girl exercises to understand a stitch’s limits and capabilities. As a result all of samples in today’s post are experimentation on a counted ground.


In the first sample I did a comparison between the detached cable stitch and the variation of it that I’ve been using. I love the solid feel of the detached cable stitch couching on the left. The middle couched thread in this sample rests on the detached cable stitches. The middle couched thread in the variation rests on the fabric. It is wider, flatter and more flexible.

Here are the other samples–nothing outstanding. Basically all are various tests about what I could do with the stitch. I did get rather carried away with working a mirror in the same holes as the original. I also did a variation on the variation by moving off the straight line with the beginning of the third stitch. (If interested you may see this post for the step-by-step where I use these terms). 




I forgot that I tried adding detached chain stitches to the ends of detached cable stitch. It can be done very fast in one continuous action.

Next scheduled post: Saturday (us, west coast). My original header photo is still missing in action. I had to create a substitute. I suppose this is a lesson for me that some photos need to be titled more appropriately so they may be found more easily when needed. And who knows what the original color of the text was–another lesson. UPDATE: Sorry to have had to move next scheduled post to Monday (us, west coast) due to unexpected work situation.

Step by step on a detached cable stitch variation

November 14, 2008

Here is a quick tutorial on a detached cable stitch variation I mentioned earlier today in an post showing stitched samples. The one draw back to this photographed step by step is that is hard to see that I’m working in one straight line on this sample. So when viewing the photos keep in mind that although the needle and stitching thread are sometimes hiding it, I’m working everything along one horizontal thread.

I started over four threads back two threads.


Pulled through.

Please note the thread for the middle stitch may go over the first stitch or below it. I think the major thing is to be consistent so that both ends of the middle stitch are the same side of the first and third stitch.


The step below is why I consider this a variation of the cable stitch. I think if I were doing a normal cable stitch, the point of the needle would be coming up at the same place the first stitch ended. The cable stitch is a great stitch as well as the chained border stitch. Neither stitch should be confused with the cable chain stitch, although perhaps some connection may dawn on me sometime later. 


I think a detached cable stitch would be fun to experiment with. It would allow a height variation for a center couched thread. I’m excited about the possibilities for weaving and interlacing as well.

This next step shows the middle stitch pulled through and the start of finishing the third stitch.




If you saw the early sample post, you’ll already know that I experimented with a lot with variations for the first and last parts of this stitch. It’s a quick stable stitch so there is a lot of room for play.

Next scheduled post: Monday (us, west coast)

Detached cable stitch with variation

November 14, 2008

I think the stitch I’ve been experimenting with would be a variation on a detached cable stitch. But I’m willing to be corrected. Sometimes it is so hard for me to choose the right category. I started making it because I was playing with the half chevron stitch and it seemed like a flat half chevron to me.

Regardless of the name, I’ve been having a lot of fun with it. These are my school girl exercises using a 100/3 silk thread.


Not much to look at. But look what happened when I moved it over to into a pima cotton and played with these variations. I want to take this stitch off grid as soon as I have time. There are several places to couch other threads in any of these variations. Some of them would be suitable for lacing or interweaving as well. In the samples below I did couch some threads as well as adding straight stitches to some of them.




I’ll do a quick tutorial on the stitch itself in a separate post later in the day.