Slipped Cable Chain Stitch Tutorial

Slipped Cable Chain sample Slipped Cable chain stitch can be used as decorative linear stitch on both plain and even-weave fabrics. Based on cable chain stitch, it follows a curve well and you can add beads to this stitch easily. Cable chain is the foundation of  this stitch so if you need a refresher on how to work cable chain you will find it here. A foundation row of cable chain is worked with a return row of stitches slipped under the link which means it looks a bit like wheatear stitch but if you look carefully at wheatear you will see that a chain stitch is slipped under 2 stitches in a V like formation whereas with slipped cable chain the V is created after the chain stitch is made.

How to hand embroider Slipped Cable Chain stitch

Slipped Cable Chain step 1Work a row of cable chain stitch. At the end of the row at the last link take the needle to back of the fabric and bring the thread out to the side of the line on a diagonal, as illustrated.

Slipped Cable Chain step 2Slide the needle under the bar of the bottom link. As you do this take care not pick up any of the fabric.

Slipped Cable Chain step 3To complete the V, insert the needle, back into the fabric on the right hand side of the foundation row of cable chain as illustrated. Take the needle diagonally across the back of the fabric, and bring it out on further up on the left side as illustrated.

Slipped Cable Chain step 4Repeat these steps along the line working a row from the bottom up. You can just do one line of slipped stitches or choose to do two.

Slipped Cable Chain step 5 This is a very quick and versatile stitch, which is interesting on its own but also is interesting when more slip stitches are added. Secondary slipped stitches can be added in the same thread or in a different colour or a thread of a different thickness. For a different effect you can use ribbon and fine cord for this stitch.

Slipped Cable Chain sample 2In the sample  at the top of the article a finer thread was used to create another row of slip stitches. You can vary the length, direction and number of the slipped stitches to create loads interesting patterns.

Slipped Cable Chain sample 3It is also a relatively quick stitch to work. When Slipped Cable Chain is worked on a curve it creates a very organic look to the stitch. It can also look good with a bead stitched to the middle of each chain or add beads on the end of the spikes.

It is a versatile fun stitch to have in your in repertoire of stitches.
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10 Responses to Slipped Cable Chain Stitch Tutorial

  1. Lesley says:

    I love your site. Thank you for stirring up the passion again. My problem I am left handed.

    • sharonb says:

      Lesley you can print the tutorial and hold the images to a mirror and follow the directions or if you have a image program that will flip the photos for you copy them to your computer and flip them. This often means a lefty can understand the directions. I know how frustration it must be as my husband is left handed and I notice how often things are made for right handed people.

  2. R. Rana says:

    Beautiful and have many possibilities. I will try to make it.

  3. Thank you Sharon an a happy Easter.

  4. Bernadette says:

    Comment ce point est joli!
    Merci beaucoup pour les explications!
    À bientôt.

  5. Ann Bernard says:

    That is a very handsome stitch.

  6. This is a beautiful stitch and as several different threads and lengths and angle of the arms can be used, the look can vary endlessly. Great for those fancy metallic and cordlike threads! A must-try!

  7. Cindi says:

    As always, the possibilities are enchanting!

  8. Maureen Bond says:

    This looks good with several slipped stitches. I’m not sure I’ve done this before.

  9. Anneliese says:

    A beautiful stitch, Sharon. I am watching all the stitches but seldom making any.
    Happy Easter!

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