How to embroider Barred Chain Stitch

barred chain stitch sample 4As experienced stitchers know the chain stitch family has numerous varieties Barred chain stitch is an interesting adaption.

Just like chain stitch Barred chain stitch is a linear stitch that will follow curves well and can be easily worked on all types of fabrics. It is easy and quick to work and suitable for large variety of threads.

This stitch is suitable for freeform stitching and combines with beads easily.

barred chain stitch sample 5The size and appearance of the stitch will be influenced by the size and spacing of the prongs. Since the appeal of Barred Chain stitch  is based on the textured nature of the line produced you can be very experimental with the thread you use and it is easily  combined with other textured stitches to produce interesting results. You can overlap lines of the stitch or use it to couch down another thread.

barred chain stitch sample 4Barred Chain stitch can be used as thorny outbursts in floral motifs if you are a traditional stitcher. (Yes a ‘thorny outburst’ sounds like a teenage mood swing but I am sure readers will undestand what I mean)

This factor in combination with explorations varying the length of the spines, or the size of the chain, spacing of the spines, width of the line, weight and texture of the thread, should keep most contemporary embroiderers intrigued. Explore the scale you work in and I am sure you will have interesting results.

How to work Barred Chain stitch

To work Barred chain stitch you need to be familiar with chain stitch.

step by step barred chain stitch 1Working down the line start with a basic chain stitch.

step by step barred chain stitch 2Insert the needle to the left of the first chain stitch with the point of the needle out a short space along the line to be stitched. This can vary depending upon how wide you want the ‘spike’ of the chain. The wider the gap the larger the spike.

step by step barred chain stitch 3Wrap the thread under the needle point towards the right and pull the needle through the fabric.The thread should cross as you do this producing a crossed stitch as illustrated.

step by step barred chain stitch 4Next make a basic chain stitch.This pattern of one basic chain and and one barred chain stitch is repeated as you work down the line.

step by step barred chain stitch 5

Barred chain stitch can look effective if you add a seed bead to the end of each spine.

barred chain stitch sample 3

You can also create an interesting  textured surface if you use bulky threads and work it row up on row together.

barred chain stitch sample 2

 


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14 Responses to How to embroider Barred Chain Stitch

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  2. Barred chain and the previous 4 stitches are found here.
    http://sandysnowden.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/stitch-on-it-8-12.html
    My project challenge is stitching onto paper.

    This was really hard til I got nearly 3/4 round the circle. I had to have the page open on the computer to remind myself where the thread went. then I realised it is laid the same way I do the chain anyway!
    So, I hope to try the alternating chain and get totally confused!
    Sandy in the UK

  3. Sherrie says:

    Hi,
    I’ve posted my Barred Chain stitch at my place. Have a great day!

  4. Andi says:

    Catching up on posting my progress! I had fun learning barred chain, it was new to me. I kept messing it up at first, but then I decided I really liked one of the “wrong” versions, so I used it on my Christmas sampler piece. Blogged about it here: http://kidsbyhand.wordpress.com/2012/05/13/mamas-tast-progress/

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  6. Marie says:

    I combined several TAST stitches that I missed into one project:

    http://magicmoonmusings.blogspot.ca/2012/04/tast-2012-catch-up-week.html

  7. Sandhya says:

    thanks for the break-week sharon. i’ve managed to catch up, and post my work.

  8. Mertie says:

    Even tho I am just learning the stitches, I decided to to use them on another project I was learning at the same time, needle felting wool. I’ve spent a few weeks on it, on and off and the result is on my blog.
    http://ohohstitcher.blogspot.ca/
    Love the new site!

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