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!

How to hand embroider Chained Bar stitch

Chained bar stitch forms a solid line that is ideal for borders or you can use it to couch down ribbons, tape or some flat braids.

How to work Chained bar stitch

Create the foundation of this stitch by first laying down some long straight stitches. Between two to six straight stitches in DMC pearl 3 thread works well, but if you want to go for a different primitive look you can use string like yarns or even fine knitting wool. Highly textured threads can be used as the bar. If they are very hairy the chain will create interesting indentations on the line.

Chained bar 1You are going to work a zig zag chain stitch across the bar. You might like to refresh your memory on how to work zig zag chain.

This is a stitch where contrasting threads work well. For instance a metallic thread over a bar of silk is stunning.

Chained bar 2Work from left to right. Bring the needle from the back of the fabric and hold the thread with the left thumb. Insert the needle back into where it first came out. Take the needle through the fabric bringing the point of the needle out on a diagonal angle, below the straight stitches. With the thread wrapped under the needle point pull the needle through the fabric.

Chained bar step 3In the second stitch turn the angle of the chain stitch to take the chain over the bar. Continue along the bar until the straight stitches are couched down by the zig zag chain stitches.

Tip! If your stitches do not lie flat as you enter the fabric with each loop pierce the end of the previous loop.

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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Buttonholed Cable Chain and Alternating Buttonholed Cable Chain

Buttonholed Cable Chain is of course a variety of Cable chain stitch and you need to be able to work a foundation of Cable Chain. If you need a refresher my tutorial for Cable Chain stitch is here 

Buttonholed cable chain sample

Cable chain differs slightly from regular chain stitch as Cable chain has an extra bar worked between each chain stitch.  When you buttonhole this stitch it becomes something quite different.

When you first learn this stitch use a thread with a firm twist. When mastered experiment with other threads. The example is worked in Perle #5 thread. I worked each journey in different colours so readers could see what was happening.

Buttonholed cable chain 1Work a row of Cable Chain stitch which act as a foundation.

For the second part of the stitch work from left to right and bring the needle up through the fabric on the bottom the left hand side.

Slip your needle under the thread of the first chain stitch as illustrated. Loop the thread under the needle point and pull the needle through to make the first buttonhole stitch

Buttonholed cable chain 2Work a buttonhole stitch on the side of the chain stitch being careful not pass the needle through the foundation fabric. Add more buttonhole stitches along the bar until they sit snug.

As you work slide the stitches long the bar so that the finished stitches are spaced closely together.

Buttonholed cable chain 3When you reach the end of the foundation stitch move to the next chain skipping the bar between. The bar acts to divide each loop neatly but does not need to be buttonholed.

Buttonholed cable chain 4When you reach the end of the row turn your work and buttonhole the other side of the cable chain foundation.

Buttonholed cable chain 5How to work Alternating Buttonholed Cable Chain Stitch

Alternating Buttonholed Cable chain stitch is a variety of Buttonholed Cable Chain you start with a foundation row of Cable Chain stitch.

Alternating Buttonholed cable chain 1

On the second journey work buttonhole stitches on the side of the chain stitch being careful not pass the needle through the foundation fabric. As you add more buttonhole stitches slide the stitches long the bar so that the finished stitches are spaced closely together.

When you reach the end of the foundation chain stitch slide your needle under the bar between the chain stitches and work buttonhole stitches on the other side of the next chain stitch. Work like this along line, buttonholing first one side of the chain stitch then on the next foundation stitch work the other side.

Alternating Buttonholed cable chain 2It is a fun stitch to work and I can see lots of applications for it.

Alternating Buttonholed cable chain 3