How to hand embroider Raised Chain Stitch Version 1

There are two versions of Raised chain stitch this tutorial is the first version. The other version is listed here.Both create a raised but flat band that add texture to a piece. They both make a great edge to your work too!

Raised Chain V1
How to work Raised Chain Stitch version 1

You will find this version in The Embroidery Stitch Bible by Betty Barnden p111 which by the way is an excellent book.
Raised Chain V1 step 1First work a ladder of straight stitches as a foundation.

Work the next part of the process  from top to bottom.
Use a blunt tapestry needle to avoid splitting the foundation stitches.
Raised Chain V1 sBring your needle to the front of the fabric, at the top of the foundation row.
Take your thread over the top of the first bar and thread the needle under it.
You are not going through the fabric. Pull the needle under the bar.

Raised Chain V1 step 3On the other side of the little loop stitch you just made  pass your needle under the foundation bar again.Once again you are not going through the fabric but lacing the foundation stitch.

Raised Chain V1 step 4With the working thread under the needle pull your needle through to form your first stitch.

Raised Chain V1 step 5Continue this way down the ladder of foundation stitches.

Raised Chain V1 step 6When you have the first row done fasten off the last stitch with a small vertical stitch and take your thread to the back, tie off.

Raised Chain V1 step 7Restart at the top of the ladder and work row upon row until the foundation ladder of stitches is packed. I hope you enjoy exploring Raised Chain Stitch version 1

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15 Responses to How to hand embroider Raised Chain Stitch Version 1

  1. Hi Sharon,
    Hope you are having a great trip, I had a minor surgery ,and yet to start on this stitch sampler. my earlier worked sampler-
    Thank you,

  2. HI, I’m back and all caught up again. I like this stitch and I have it on my blog.
    And all those weeks I was behind can be found in my side bar under TAST 2013.

  3. Ren says:

    I’m just not feeling this one! I have restitched this one line in the photo on my blog three times. I just can’t seem to get it to come out right.

    Any helpful suggestions as to what I’m doing wrong?


  4. Terry Whyte says:

    Samples for TAST stitches 41 to 44. I loved doing the Needlewoven Picot stitches.

  5. Pamela says:

    It’s hard to see in the photo of my samples, but these stitches really are “raised”, especially the one done with the perle #5.

  6. Barbara says:

    A little more for the sampler – I really liked the rhythm of this stitch.

  7. Annet says:

    I just rediscovered this stitch 2 months ago! I wrote about the old and new raised chain stitches here:

  8. Carol Harper says:

    My interpretation using a variegated #5 perle cotton:

    As easy as this stitch is, I found myself getting lost and having to undo it many times. Very frustrating…

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