How to Hand Embroider Woven Zig Zag Chain

woven zigzag chain stitch ampleWoven Zig Zag Chain is based on  zig zag chain. Follow the link to the tutorial if you need directions or just a quick refresher.

Woven Zigzag chain stitch is a variety of chain stitch that creates and interesting pattern of woven stitches. It is worked in 2 stages the first is to work a line of zig zag chain stitch which acts as a foundation of stitches that are needle woven.

Work the zig zags between two imaginary parallel lines or mark your work with a quilters pen that is removed when you add moisture.
When you work the line of zig zag chain stitch to act as a foundation work it slightly loose because when the stitches are woven the tension on the line will be tightened.

I have worked the second part of the sample in a different thread so that the weaving is clearly distinguished but normally the foundation and woven parts of the stitch are worked in the same thread.  The thread used in the sample is cotton perle #5. During this stage you are not taking the needle through the fabric but using the chain stitch as a foundation on which to weave.

woven zigzag chain stitch step 4Bring your needle out at the base of the first chain stitch. Pass it under the bottom bar of the chain stitch and have your needle come up in the middle of the loop.
Pull your needle through.

woven zigzag chain stitch step 5Turn your needle pass the needle under the bar of the chain stitch and have your needle come up in the middle of the loop. Pull your thread through.
woven zigzag chain stitch step 6Continue in this way weaving from side to side and pack the stitches as you go. As you weave make sure your needle always points towards the centre of the chain stitch.

Work this way until you reach the end of the line

woven zigzag chain stitch step 7If you work your woven stitches slightly tighter at the start and end of each chain the shape will become leaf like.

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9 Responses to How to Hand Embroider Woven Zig Zag Chain

  1. Carol Harper says:

    I had some tension issues on my chain which showed up in the weaving but I see where I went wrong and I like the look. This is a keeper! You can see my sample here:

  2. Annet says:

    I combined the woven and zigzag chain stitch in one sampler. I wrote about it here:

  3. Hi Sharon,
    I did a few samples of this stitch takes longer to work a 4-inch line, still a lovely stitch.
    Thank you,

  4. Barbara Mleynek says:

    I never cared for the zig zag chain st. much, but this dresses it up nicely !

  5. Pamela says:

    Here is my sample of TAST 75
    I really like this one and with a little practice on keeping the tension even, might be able to use this as a little vine.

  6. Angela says:

    Thanks for showing us this stitch! I love it! I will definitely use it again.

  7. Annet says:

    Another new stitch for me! Looking forward to give it a try.

    Today I wrote about the Portuguese stem stitch. I compared it with 2 variations, one from Queenie and another from one of my embroidery books. I wrote about it here:

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