CQJP July Block

Monday, July 9, 2012

Stitch Explorations: Figure 8 Cable Chain

Playing around with the cable chain stitch, I came up with a figure 8 cable chain. I thought other people might enjoy seeing how I did it.
It was sort of an accident......
I began with  a chain stitch
to make the cable and second chain, I wrapped the thread around the needle counterclockwise once
inserted the needle into and out of the fabric
then wrapped the needle counterclockwise once
pulling the needle through made a figure 8

I tried several times, hoping to be able to create perfect 8's

sometimes they'd twist, or pull out of shape when I created the next stitch
so I tried it with ribbon to see if a thicker 'thread' would hold the shape better........
it seemed to work and the figure 8 can be easily seen
but it still wasn't as stable as I hoped it would be.....

so then I wondered if doing a double wrap might help to lock the shape

the two bottom rows were my attempts with 2 wraps counterclockwise, inserting the needle, then a double wrap counterclockwise before pulling the needle through......

it seems a bit more precise and even
I tried it with a firmer thread.......and the 8's hold better, but sometimes it still twists......

maybe I need to do some more explorations on the figure 8!
I'd be interested in seeing your results if you try this. Happy stitching.
Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz


  1. How interesting they could be a row of little bows. You ae very clever. I wonder if trying out different ideas is how most of our stitches evolved originally.

  2. You're right, Shirley- I hadn't thought of bows. I'm sure lots of stitches came into being by accident......or by making mistakes. Thanks.

  3. thanks for your instructions Susan, looks interesting, will have a go and let you know how I get on in the next few days.

  4. I really like the effect with the ribbon. Thanks for sharing your technique.

  5. I got it Suz,will send you the pic.I agree with Connie,like the ribbon one Thanks for sharing:)

  6. Margaret,I'd love to see your stitch explorations on this! Have fun.

  7. Anita, I look forward to seeing your pics. The ribbon sure has more 'body', doesn't it? With a variegated ribbon, the 8 could show better. hmmm


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