Sunday, 6 February 2011

Raised Chain Stitch

Raised Chain Stitch also known as Raised Chain Band creates a bold decorative band on plain and evenweave fabrics. Chain stitches are created on a ladder base of straight stitches. Chains maybe worked on a separate base or side by side on the same base. Any type of thread can be used to give various textures and a more raised appearance. If worked side by side a decorative filling is made.

To work Raised Chain Stitch, start by working a horizontal ladder of straight stitches by bringing your needle up at 1 and down at 2. Then up at 3 and down at 4 repeat as necessary. It maybe helpful to mark two lines to keep your stitches straight.


Next using a contrasting thread, bring your needle up at 5 and pass your needle under the first horizontal stitch as shown in the photograph below, without piercing the fabric.


Form a loop with your thread and pass your needle again under the first horizontal stitch on the right side, without piercing the fabric. Your needle should be pointing downwards as shown and the loop of thread should be beneath your needle, in exactly the same way as for chain stitch. Repeat all the way down your ladder of horizontal stitches, without piercing the fabric with your needle, until the very last chain. Finish off with a small vertical stitch. 




13 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing all these great stitches. I just started doing embroidery and your blog has been so useful.

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  2. Hi Sarah... Its my first time to visit your blog and I am happy to find you, your new follower as well love the stitch and am sure to learn more from you ...
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  3. Hi Sarah. Just found you through craftgossip.com and will continue to come back. Thanks for the new stitch - I don't have it in my repertoire and am looking forward to incorporating it in a design soon. Take care, Kelly

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  4. merci genial ma belle bises jojo

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  5. Thank yu so much... Its such a great tutorial..

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  6. Thanks for all your comments so glad you are enjoying the stitch tutorials more soon!

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  7. I gotta file this under A for awesome

    Sarah thank you for sharing this with us

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  8. Magnifiques ces points, merci;
    c'est gràce à Jojo que je découvre ton joli blog.
    Amitiés.
    odine

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  9. Many thanks for your comments! :-)

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  10. Oh, your blog is wonderful - full of useful information, and the photographs are so clear!
    Thank you very much! Greetings from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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  11. Hi Priscila, thank you for your lovely comments!

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  12. Great tutorial here, and this embroidery blog puts ours to shame. Keep up the great work

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  13. ADOREI SEUS BORDADOS. MEU NOME ANA

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