Triple Chain Stitch Tutorial

I found this stitch in Edith Johns Creative Stitches (p44) and it’s heaps of fun. Triple chain is quite easy to work, quick and simple as it is a chain stitch with two side stitches.

Sample of Triple Chain Stitch It can be very effective particularly if you vary the height or angle of the chain stitches down the side. You can easily add beads or lace novelty threads through the loops. You can use a variety of threads from fine cotton perle to silk ribbon.

How to work Triple Chain stitch

How to work Triple Chain Stitch 1Start with a chain stitch.

Bring the thread to the front of the fabric and insert the needle closely to where the thread emerges.

Take the needle through the fabric, bringing the point of the needle out a short space along the line to be stitched. With the thread wrapped under the needle point pull the needle through the fabric to form a loop.

Take your needle to the back of the fabric forming a small straight stitch over the loop, to hold the chain down.

How to work Triple Chain Stitch 2

This creates the first chain.

Rotate your work clockwise, to work a second chain stitch placed at right angles to the first stitch.

Make sure the chain stitch tie is pointed to the middle of the line.

How to work Triple Chain Stitch 3Rotate your work again to work another chain stitch on the other side of the central line.

The tie stitch should point to the middle.

Insert your needle into the middle of the first chain stitch, just above the first tie and make chain.

Make another chain stitch.

How to work Triple Chain Stitch 4Once again turn your work to make each of the two wings. Repeat the process along the line.

How to work Triple Chain Stitch 6

I hope you enjoy this stitch!
Triple Chain Stitch

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Details 653 on my Freeform Embroidery Sampler

Freeform needlework Sampler detailThe photo below is a detail on section 49 on my Love of Stitching Band Sampler.

section 49 of needlework samplerI have turned the photo on its side as these bands run vertically down the sampler. These details are on the bottom right hand side of the sampler created to celebrate the year of the Tiger.

Stitches Used:

From the top of the photo downwards, first  I worked a line of chain stitch and laced it with a reddish orange hand dyed silk thread.

Next is running stitch whipped with the same hand dyed silk thread.

I then added a line of beads before working a fine line of herringbone in a cotton thread.

Once again I used the old gold silk thread and laid it down in long stitches and then secured using a red orange cotton perle # 5. Technically this is a form of couching.

The last line of stitches is also couching using crossed stitches  worked in  yellow cotton perle # 5 to secure the foundation thread.


The foundation fabric is a hand dyed 18cnt Aida


This section of the sampler was worked February 2010.


This area on my  Love of Stitching Band Sampler which is 15 cm (6 inches) wide and currently measures 96 feet 5 inches (2,938.78 centimetres), or  32.138 yards which is 29.3878 meters. It is still growing…

Sampler FAQ
If you want to know more about this piece visit the Sampler FAQ page or you can work back through the series of articles by reading them in the the Love of Stitching Band Sampler category.

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How to hand embroider Slipped Detached Chain Stitch

Slipped Detached chain stitch sounds a mouthful but it is a simple and versatile stitch. Often called tulip stitch because that is what it can look like, it is one of those easy quick stitches that lends itself to variation. It is so simple people overlook slipped detached chain as a stitch to experiment with. It is a member of the chain stitch family.

You can work the chain part of the stitch in one thread and change threads for the slipped straight stitches.

You can change the height of the detached chain and vary the angle of the straight stitches. It is effective worked in perle threads, wool, ribbon and fine metallic cords.

How to work Slipped Detached Chain (Tulip stitch)

Slip detached chain step by step directionsFirst you make a single detached chain stitch.

Bring your needle up on one side of the detached chain. Slide your needle under the tie of the detached chain. Take the thread through and insert on the other side of the detached chain.

You can have one two or more of these base stitches at varying angles.

sample of Slip detached chain stitchYou can arrange the stitch in various patterns and being quick it is ideal to sprinkle as an isolated stitch over a large area. Also you can work them in rings.

sample of Slip detached chain stitchI have often substituted the detached chain with oyster stitch to add extra texture and often used this stitch to great effect on crazy quilted items.

sample of Slip detached chain stitchAdding a bead or metallic thread adds even more zest.


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.

Templates set 1 you will find here 
Templates set 2 you will find here 
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