How to hand embroider Alternating Double Chain Stitch

Alternating Double Chain Stitch is a variety of Chain stitch that creates an interesting decorative line which you can use around the edge of items, collars necklines etc. If crazy quilting is your thing it makes a simple seam treatment. You can create varieties of Alternating Double Chain Stitch if you widen the second loop by changing the size and angle of the second chain stitch. It is possible to lace novelty yarns through the loops.

You can easily add a bead to the second loop making it a really decorative edge for items such a needlebooks, bags etc The trick to beading during the stitching process is use a size 26 tapestry needle. Since the eye of a tapestry needle is long you can thread perle #8 and Perle #5 through the long eye. However the needle itself is thin which means you can add a bead to your working thread as you stitch.

The samples have been worked using perle # 5 thread. If you need a refresher on Chain stitch you will find a tutorial here.

How to work Alternating Double Chain Stitch

Alternating Double Chain Stitch step by step 1Start Alternating Double Chain Stitch stitch as you would a regular chain stitch. Bring the needle from the back of the fabric and re-insert the needle that the point emerges a short space along the line to be stitched. With the thread wrapped under the needle point pull the needle through the fabric to make the first chain stitch.

Alternating Double Chain Stitch step by step 2Insert your needle at the top right of the first chain stitch and take a larger bite of the fabric. This should be 2 to 3 chain stitch lengths. With the thread wrapped under the needle point pull the needle through.

Alternating Double Chain Stitch step by step 3Next make a regular chain stitch and with the thread wrapped under the needle point pull the needle through.

Alternating Double Chain Stitch step by step 4

As illustrated insert your needle on the left side of the chain stitch you just worked and take a larger bite of the fabric that is 2 to 3 chain stitch lengths. With the thread wrapped under the needle point pull the needle through.

Alternating Double Chain Stitch step by step 5Work this way along the line with the larger longer chain alternating from side to side.

I hope you enjoy Alternating Double Chain Stitch!

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Raised Cretan Stitch Tutorial

Raised Cretan stitch is a variety of Cretan Stitch. Before you start this stitch take a look at Cretan Stitch and pay attention to the hand movement required to create the stitch. The difference is that this variety is worked lacing a foundation of back stitch rather than taking a bite of the fabric. They foundation stitches can be arranged in two parallel lines or as shape.

Raised Cretan stitch worked either as a line or within a shape is a quick and easy way to create a fill that looks a little like a braid. Not only is it quick but at the lacing stage you can add beads or use interesting novelty threads such as a fine metallic braid.

How to hand Embroider Raised Cretan stitch

tutorial on how to work Raised Cretan stitch step 1

For the demonstration I have used cotton perle #5 thread. Work a foundation of back stitches arranged two parallel lines.

tutorial on how to work Raised Cretan stitch 2Bring your needle to the front of the fabric at the top of one of the lines of back stitch. (If you need a refresher on how to work back stitch just follow the link to a tutorial) Take the needle across to the other line. With the point of the needle angled toward the middle of the two lines, pass it under the first back stitch.

tutorial on how to work Raised Cretan stitch step 3Move to the other line. Pass the needle under the second back stitch. With each pass make sure the needle points towards the center of the two lines.

tutorial on how to work Raised Cretan stitch step 4Move back and forth lacing the back stitches until you reach the end.

Raised Cretan stitch worked within a shape.

You can also work Raised Cretan stitch within a shape. It is a very quick way to fill a small area and is ideal to work for leaf shapes. The process is the same as Raised Cretan stitch worked between two parallel foundation lines

tutorial on how to work Raised Cretan stitch step 5Work a foundation of back stitches in the shape you want to work. I have used a very wide leaf shape. I widened the sample so you could easily see what was happening but if you make the shape narrow Raised Cretan stitch produces nice leaves and flower petals. Of course you can use other shapes too but I have found that a leaf shape is particularly effective.

tutorial on how to work Raised Cretan stitch step 6Bring your needle to the front of the fabric at the top of the shape. Take the needle across the shape and pass it under the first back stitch on the other side. Move across the shape and pass the needle under the next back stitch. As with Raised Cretan stitch worked between two parallel foundation lines with each pass make sure the needle points towards the center of the shape.

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Twisted Lattice Band Tutorial

Twisted lattice band creates an attractive band of stitching which can be used as a border or if you do crazy quilting it is a stitch that creates a quick seam embellishment. You can also work Twisted lattice band row upon row to create an interesting filling.

Work a row of double herringbone stitch Version 1 quite loosely and space slightly wider than normal. The lacing in the second part of this stitch which will tighten the stitches slightly and if you space the foundation stitches a little wider it gives you room for thicker threads if you want to use them.

The lacing is worked in two journeys. Please note the weaving in Twisted lattice band will not work if you do not use this version of double herringbone as you need the woven cross bars for the lacing thread to sit neatly.

Use a tapestry needle to avoid splitting the foundation herringbone stitch. With this stitch, take care to lace and not to pick up any of the fabric.

How to hand embroider Twisted Lattice band

Twisted lattice band 1To lace the foundation stitches thread the needle under the herringbone cross bar in an upward direction as illustrated then move across the crossed bars, turn the needle and thread in an upward direction again.

Twisted lattice band 2Work along the base of the herringbone foundation stitches then turn your piece and work along the top along the top.

Twisted lattice band 3

If you experiment with different threads you can develop some really interesting effects.

Twisted lattice band 4

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