Some more mending
An interesting piece of art

TAST 2012 June 19th

Week 25 Cable Chain Stitch

Again, not a stitch that I think I have used.  So I had a play around with it and found that I could manipulate it in a number of ways.  Firstly, by increasing the wraps around the needle it reminded me of beads, so I shortened the length of the chain to accentuate this.  Then I lengthened the chain section to see what would happen there.

I have had an idea of embroidering a woman with neck rings, like the Kayan people in Burma but as this stitch could be made to look like beads I decided on an African woman. 

I drew a rough portrait on the wrong side of the fabric in pencil and then stitched the outline on this side in stem stitch, which became a back stitch on the right side. I used 2 strands of embroidery cotton for the hair, using a colonial knot for the bottoms and then a French stem stitch for the braids.  For the beads I used the cable chain stitch. This was stitched in a variety of silk thread, using one or two threads to get different textures.  

I think I will call this one beads.


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Kippy Honda

wow! just beautiful!

Carolyn Foley

Thank you so much.


Thank you for sharing the way you have worked this beautiful piece. I want to try out adding more wraps around the needle, if you don't mind me 'stealing' your idea. I'll give credit to you in my blog posting.

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