Chained bar stitch forms a solid line that is ideal for borders or you can use it to couch down ribbons, tape or some flat braids.
How to work Chained bar stitch
Create the foundation of this stitch by first laying down some long straight stitches. Between two to six straight stitches in DMC pearl 3 thread works well, but if you want to go for a different primitive look you can use string like yarns or even fine knitting wool. Highly textured threads can be used as the bar. If they are very hairy the chain will create interesting indentations on the line.
You are going to work a zig zag chain stitch across the bar. You might like to refresh your memory on how to work zig zag chain.
This is a stitch where contrasting threads work well. For instance a metallic thread over a bar of silk is stunning.
Work from left to right. Bring the needle from the back of the fabric and hold the thread with the left thumb. Insert the needle back into where it first came out. Take the needle through the fabric bringing the point of the needle out on a diagonal angle, below the straight stitches. With the thread wrapped under the needle point pull the needle through the fabric.
In the second stitch turn the angle of the chain stitch to take the chain over the bar. Continue along the bar until the straight stitches are couched down by the zig zag chain stitches.
Tip! If your stitches do not lie flat as you enter the fabric with each loop pierce the end of the previous loop.