TAST Highlights

Last week, there were loads of people who really enjoyed exploring magic chain stitch. I enjoyed checking out the samples too! As usual I dithered around trying to decide what the 5 highlighted samples would be and took far too long browsing reading blogs etc.

Needless to say do check out the comments on this weeks TAST stitch as although I featured these there are some great samples to be seen.

Have a look at the lovely Christmas tree decoration over on Pierres, Papiers, Ciseaux.

Laurel’s detail on her Enchanted forrest is a great example

I liked the snail on My Creations

There is a simple but effective sample over on Time use by Bernice

Finally Wrap up Warm by Hopscotch really made me smile.

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Magic Chain Stitch tutorial

Magic Chain Stitch is  a fun light hearted stitch that both children and adults love. It is called Checkered or Magic Chain because it changes colour. It is useful to use on small gifts, items like Christmas tree decorations, purses and bags etc. This stitch can hold a curve well. I have seen magic chain stitch used to embroider text which since it is a variety of chain stitch it handled well.  As a stitch it is reasonably hard wearing so if you wanted to teach it to a child they can use what they make without fear of it becoming too tatty in minutes.  I discovered magic Chain Stitch in Jacqueline Enthoven’s The Stitches of Creative Embroidery (p 132) so … this is a real stitch I am not pulling your leg.

The sample is worked in two threads of perle #5. I used a tapestry needle so I could thread both colours in the needle with ease.

Know how to work Chain stitch before embarking on this variety. (You will find the tutorial for Chain stitch here)

How to work magic Chain Stitch

Thread your needle with two contrasting colours. Make sure both threads are the same length. Start the line as you would ordinary chain stitch but loop only one of the threads under the needle. see in the illustration how the blue thread is under the needle and yellow is not.

tutorial of magic chain or checkered chain stitch step 1

Pull the thread through the fabric. While you do this make sure the tension is the same on both threads as you pull.

Make the next chain stitch but use the contrasting thread. See how this time, the yellow thread is under the needle.

tutorial of magic chain or checkered chain stitch step 2

Pull the thread through to make the second chain stitch. Continue in this manner alternating the two colours.

tutorial of magic chain or checkered chain stitch step 3

As you can see you end up with a line of stitches made of two colours! This is a fun stitch. I hope you enjoy it and share it with your friends.