How to hand embroider Crested Chain Stitch

Crested chain stitch on fabric postcardCrested chain stitch is very versatile and can be worked on both even weave and plain fabrics. I used this stitch in this Fabric postcard.

Crested chain stitch 1When you first learn this stitch use a twisted thread, such as pearl cotton, as it is easy to handle and holds the shape of the stitch well.

When the stitches are worked closely together Crested Chain Stitch produces a braided line, which is highly decorative and lends itself to loads of variations. If you work crested chain with the side knots spread out as you work it produces a light, lacy appearance.

How to work Crested Chain Stitch

Work this stitch downwards across two imaginary parallel lines.

First work a small chain stitch at the top right-hand side of the fabric.

To do this bring the needle through from the back of the fabric and hold the thread with the left thumb. Insert the needle back into where it first came out.

Crested chain stitch 2Take the needle through the fabric bringing the point of the needle out along the line. With the thread wrapped under the needle point pull the needle through the fabric.

This is the first chain stitch.

Take the needle to the left and enter the fabric on a parallel line to the chain stitch.

When you are learning this stitch make this step quite wide in order to see what you are doing then as you master the stitch close the width between the two parallel lines if you like.

Take a small bite of the fabric and with the needle pointed downwards Take the thread ACROSS THE TOP of the needle and then wrap it under the needle.

At this stage it should look like the illustration.

Crested chain stitch 3 Pull the needle through the fabric.

If the thread flips up hold it down flat with your left thumb.

The next step tightens the knot to create the crest.

Slide the needle under the centre thread.

Do not pierce the fabric at this step you are just going under the thread bar.

Pull the needle through.

At this stage the partly worked stitch should look like this.

 

crested-chain4The next stage is to repeat the process. So you are going to make a second chain stitch.

Crested chain stitch 5Insert the needle inside the first chain stitch.

Take the needle through the fabric bringing the point of the needle out a short space along the line to be stitched.

With the thread wrapped under the needle point pull the needle through the fabric.

This is the second chain stitch.

At this stage it should look like the illustration

Once again move to the left  and take a small bite of the fabric and with the needle pointed downwards.

Take the thread ACROSS THE TOP of the needle and then wrap it under the needle.

Pull the needle through. Slide the needle under the centre thread.

Do not pierce the fabric at this step you are just going under the thread bar.

Pull the needle through and continue downwards along the line.Take a small bite of the fabric and with the needle pointed downwards Take the thread ACROSS THE TOP of the needle and then wrap it under the needle.

Crested chain stitch 7

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15 Responses to How to hand embroider Crested Chain Stitch

  1. June W. says:

    Hi Sharon, I just purchased your book and can’t wait to get started crazy quilting. You have written and illustrated everything so beautifully and simplified that a beginner such as myself feels confident to be able to start my first block. Thanks for sharing your skills and creativity.

  2. Hi Sharon,
    I started this exploring this stitch today, the details-
    http://jizee6687.wordpress.com/category/tast-2013/22-70-crested-chain-stitch/
    Thank you,
    Chitra

  3. Annet says:

    I stitched a combo of fancy hem stitch and slipped detached chain stitch:
    http://fat-quarter.blogspot.nl/2013/06/fancy-hem-stitch-slipped-detached-chain.html

  4. Lilian says:

    I like the look of this stitch. Looking forward to trying it. In the meantime here’s my sample for Stitch 55:
    http://berrybakewell.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/tast-55-buttonholed-herringbone.html

  5. Terry Whyte says:

    My attempts at 2 more stitches – Knotted Cretan and Buttonhole Wheel (Stitches 21 & 22).
    http://todayinkenogami.blogspot.ca/2013/06/take-stitch-tuesday_12.html

  6. Daisy says:

    My weeks 4-5 are here: http://colorize.daisyw.net/2013/06/11/finished-calavera-pillow-and-tast-week-5/
    I love seeing everyone’s crested chain stitch — I can’t wait to learn all these stitches!

  7. Pamela says:

    This is another new stitch for me. Here’s where I’ve tried it out: http://hokkaidokudasai.blogspot.jp/2013/06/tast-70-crested-chain-stitch.html
    Thanks!

  8. Angela says:

    Thanks Sharon. Your stitching looks way better than mine but art is not a competitive sport so I bravely posted my humble attempt at
    http://princessbubblescreates.blogspot.ca/

  9. Ruth M says:

    Thanks for doing a TAST on this stitch. Complicated one, and nice to know now how to do it.

  10. Liz Eph says:

    oh pretty. this is going to be fun 🙂

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