Yes I have. I know that chainstitch is period but I can't say whether using
it to couch is SCA period or not but it looks nice. I have embroidered three
styles and there is a fourth style of stitching. The first three have you
using a chain stitch to make a line then the first style is to take a second
thread of similar or different colour and weave it under the "petals" or
double strands of the chainstitch in a "S" or snake pattern (under left,
then under right, under left....). The second is the same as one only adding
a second thread and go counter to the first weave, example the first thread
would be going under the first chain from the left, the next chain under
from the right, then next chain under left..etc. then second thread the
first chain is under right, then the next under left..etc. The third has you
going under the chain (either right or left) lets say left in this case,
then bring the needle up and over then come under the next chain from the
left. The fourth which I know can be done but I have not done it has you
chainstitching in a kind of zigzag so that when you run the second thread
under the chains, it is the "straight" or the line of focus.
The various lengths of the stitches (petals) will create various effects but
do note that the smaller your stitches, the stiffer the area that is
embroidered and makes it harder to weave the thread through.
I hope this makes sense. I am better at drawing and showing then explaining
Has anyone ever couched their thread with a chain stitch? Is there any
reason I shouldn't?
I'm trying to plan some embroidery for my ionar, and wondered about this.
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