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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How to work Interlaced Cable Chain Stitch

Interlaced Cable Chain step 10Interlaced Cable Chain is an interesting variety of Chain stitch that quickly creates a pretty textured border. Better still it is not hard to work. You need to know how to work cable chain stitch but other than that Interlaced Cable chain is a simple lacing pattern.

I have worked this stitch in two different colours so you can see clearly the foundation rows of cable chain and the lacing. For the demonstration I have used cotton perle #5. Use a tapestry needle for the lacing so that you avoid splitting the thread on the foundation rows.

How to work Interlaced Cable Chain Stitch

Start with working two parallel lines of cable chain stitch.

Interlaced Cable Chain step 1Work your lacing from right to left. At this stage you are lacing the cable stitches not going through the fabric so use a tapestry needle to avoid splitting the foundation row of stitches.

Interlaced Cable Chain step 2Bring your needle up through the fabric at the mid point of the two foundation rows on the right hand side.

Slide your needle under the chain stitch on the top row. Have the needle pick up just half of the chain so that the needle emerges in the middle of the chain stitch as illustrated. Take your needle through the loop of the stitch.

Interlaced Cable Chain step 3Slide you needle under your lacing thread, on the right hand side of the foundation chain and as illustrated, angle your needle towards the bottom foundation row of stitches. Pull your needle through.

Interlaced Cable Chain step 4On the bottom line skip a chain stitch and slide your needle under the inside loop. Point your needle downward picking up the loop of the chain. Pull your thread through.

Interlaced Cable Chain step 5As illustrated, slide you needle under your lacing thread, on the right hand side of the foundation chain. Angle your needle towards the top foundation row of stitches, skip a chain stitch before passing your needle under the inside loop of next chain stitch, on the top line. Pull your needle through.

Interlaced Cable Chain step 6Lace every second chain stitch in this manner until the line is complete.Take the lacing thread to the back of the fabric.

Interlaced Cable Chain step 7Bring your lacing thread out of the fabric just below where it entered your fabric and make a return journey lacing every second chain stitch so that you lace the stitches that you did not lace on the first journey.

Interlaced Cable Chain step 8Take your thread to the back and tie off and you have created an interesting line or border for your projects.

Interlaced Cable Chain step 9This stitch is great fun to work in variegated threads, but you can also play with the spacing or work the lacing between two wavy lines. Or you can work the foundation cable chain stitches along the edge of thin ribbon and then lace the stitches. You can also add beads.It is a very quick easy and yet dramatic stitch. Hope you have fun with it!

Threaded Cable Chain Stitch

Threaded Cable Chain is a fun stitch that quick and easy to work, as it is a laced version of Cable chain. Needless to say you need to know how to work Cable Chain stitch, you will find directions on how to work it here.

How to work Threaded Cable Chain Stitch

In this sample I have worked the Cable Chain in perle #5 cotton and it is laced with a soft metallic thread.

Threaded Cable Chain step 1First work a row of Cable Chain stitch (directions are here)

Threaded Cable Chain step 2Using a blunt-ended tapestry needle, so that the foundation threads do not split, lace a second thread under each of the cable chain stitches.

Threaded Cable Chain step 3Lace the length of the row and take the thread to the back of the fabric.
Threaded Cable Chain step 4Turn your work bring the thread to the front of your work and lace back along the row.

Threaded Cable Chain step 5This stitch follows a curve well and you can add lots of variety by adding interesting threads or beads.

Threaded Cable Chain step 6