Take a Stitch Tuesday week 6: Chain Stitch.  I struggled with this stitch, not because it is technically difficult, but because I had a hard time getting inspired with the stitch.

I had started with chain stitch soon after getting interested in embroidery and wanted more texture to add to the scenes I was trying to create. I had taken to embroidering folk art scenes and wanted to get realism into the trees. The problem was that I only knew buttonhole and chain stitch. So I did A LOT of chain stitching…. And this was before I discovered the importance of floss and background fabric, which meant I was using poor floss, thin fabric and cheap needles. A year later I have at least discovered better quality supplies, but I’m afraid I might need some more time between me and chain stitch to get re-inspired.

Chain stitch in DMC Cotton Perle 5, alternating red  and dark red diagonals.

TAST Stitch 6: Chain Stitch