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.