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 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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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.