How to work Whipped Double Chain Stitch

Whipped Double Chain stitch is a variety of Chain stitch. You need to know how to hand embroider basic chain stitch as this variety is worked on a foundation of two rows of chain stitch. If you need a refresher you will find a tutorial for chain stitch here.

Whipped Double Chain stitch is useful if you want a very dramatic strong line that is still capable of following a curve easily.

How to work Whipped Double Chain Stitch

Double Whipped chain stitch 1Work two rows of chain stitch a little looser than normal as the row will tighten slightly  as you whip it. If the foundation rows are too tight the work will pucker. Make sure the chain stitches are sitting side by side and are the same size

Double Whipped chain stitch 2Bring your whipping thread out at the start, in the middle of both rows. Pass your needle under the two loops of the chain stitch that sit side by side, in the middle of the row as illustrated. Pull your needle through. Take care not to pick up any of the fabric and use a blunt-ended tapestry needle to avoid splitting the foundation stitches.

Double Whipped chain stitch 3Continue whipping the centre stitches along the line. As you can see it produces an attractive result!

If you have enjoyed Whipped Double Chain stitch you may also like to see the tutorial on Whipped chain stitch . There are two varieties in this tutorial and both create a raised line that can be used to emphasise a shape but is not as strong as whipped double chain stitch. So if you are looking for texture that is slightly softer check out that tutorial too.

Crazy quilt template set 2 Have you seen my Stitchers Templates?

As someone who loves crazy quilting and embroidery I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to apply to your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.

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How to work Whipped Chain Stitch

Whipped Chain Stitch is a handy variety of chain stitch as it creates a slightly stronger line than ordinary chain stitch. It stands a little more proud of the surface.

Whipped chain stitch sample 1The thread that you use to whip the foundation line of chain stitches with can be of a contrasting colour, or texture. You can also use many novelty threads with this technique too. On the other hand you can use a thread of the same colour as I have done in the sample above. I used whipped chain stitch to outline the shape of the two geckoes before surrounding them in other forms of surface embroidery.

How to work Whipped Chain Stitch

To start you need to know chain stitch as the first step is to work a foundation row of chain stitch.

Whipped chain stitch step 1Make each chain stitch slightly longer and a little looser than normal because the line of stitching will tighten slightly when you whip it and you dont want your work to pucker. .

Whipped chain stitch step 2With a second thread whip the foundation row by passing the needle under each chain stitch as illustrated. When you do this take care not to pick up any of the fabric.   Use a blunt-ended tapestry needle for the whipping to avoid splitting the chain stitches on the foundation row.

Whipped chain stitch step 3Continue until the end of the line.

Whipped chain stitch sample 2

This is a particularly useful stitch if a raised line is required on a delicate fine fabric which can not accept a heavy thread through the weave. You can work a foundation row of stitches in a fine thread then whip the line with a heavier thread.

How to work Version 2 of Whipped Chain Stitch

This is a fun version of whipped chain. In this version of whipped chain instead of whipping over each chain stitch you whip both sides of the chain working up one side of the line then working the other. It produces a stitch that looks totally different and is particularly effective if you use a different colour thread. Using a metallic thread to whip the side is very effective.

Whipped chain stitch version 2 step 1Work a foundation row of chain stitch. For the journey use a blunt-ended tapestry needle to avoid splitting the chain stitches on the foundation row.

Bring your needle out at the start of the line and pass it under one side of the first chain stitch as illustrated. With your needle under the side of chain stitch and pointed towards the centre line pull your needle through. At this stage of the process take care not to pick up any of the fabric.

Whipped chain stitch version 2 step 2Continue whipping the side of each chain stitch until the end of the line and take your thread to the back of the work. If the line of stitching is lengthy finish the thread by tying off the thread at the back of your work.

Whipped chain stitch version 2 step 3For the next journey, bring your needle out at the start of the line and repeat the same whipping action along the other side of the foundation chain stitches. Once again pass your needle under each chain stitch. With each stitch make sure your needle is  pointed towards the centre line and take care not to pick up any of the fabric.

Whipped chain stitch version 2 step 4Continue until the line is completely worked. As you can see the effect is fun and it is easily and quickly worked. Children love it and if the line is not too fine small hands can work it making this version of Whipped Chain Stitch ideal to include in children’s projects.

Both of these varieties of chain stitch are members of the Chain stitch family.

How to embroider Alternating Barred Chain Stitch

Alternating Barred chain stitch sample 4Alternating Barred Chain stitch is one of those interesting textured stitches that you may want to add to your hand embroidery repertoire of stitches. It is an interesting member of the chain stitch family that produces a  textured line.  I think that Alternating Barred Chain stitch is in some ways more interesting than its sister Barred chain as I like the pattern and swing that is set up by the alternating arms of this stitch. This swing can create movement in a piece.

Alternating Barred Chain can be worked easily and quickly and looks great in chunky textured novelty threads. This stitch follows a curve well and is great for creating designs with an organic feel. You can use it to represent a thorny vine or in underwater scenes representing seaweed and marine plants.

 

Alternating Barred chain stitch sample 3

How to work Alternating Barred Chain Stitch

Work from top to bottom. Start with a basic chain stitch.

step by step barred chain stitch 1Insert the needle to the left of the chain with the tip emerging a short space down the line.

step by step Alternating Barred chain stitch1The gap can vary, depending upon how wide you want the ‘spike’ of the chain. The wider the gap the larger the spike.

step by step Alternating Barred chain stitch 2Wrap the thread under the needle point, towards the right as illustrated and pull the needle through the fabric.The thread will cross as you do this, producing a crossed stitch as illustrated.

step by step Alternating Barred chain stitch 3The second stitch is a basic chain stitch.

step by step Alternating Barred chain stitch 4Insert the needle to the right of the chain with the tip emerging a short space down the line. Wrap the thread under the needle point, towards the left as illustrated and pull the needle through the fabric.

step by step Alternating Barred chain stitch 5Repeat this pattern of single chain and barred chain angled left, followed by a single chain, then a barred chain angled right.

Alternating Barred chain stitch sample 1Alternating Barred chain produces interesting  hard wearing bands if you work it row upon row.

Alternating Barred chain stitch sample 2Or you can set up a pattern by working two rows back to back and arranging the spines in a regular manner.

Alternating Barred chain stitch sample 5You can change the number of stitches you work on each side too. Of course this creates another variety. Alternating Barred chain is also an ideal stitch to use in crazy quilting!