Double Zig Zag Coral stitch step by step tutorial

Double Zig Zag Coral stitch is an interesting variety of Coral stitch. It is quite simply a development on Zig Zag Coral stitch. All versions of Coral stitch are based on twisted chain stitch. So this is a case of an offspring developing and moving away from the family line towards something that looks totally different from its ancestor.  If you need to refresh your memory on how to work a twisted chain there is a tutorial here. As you can see the mechanics of the stitch are the same. In other words the hand movement needed to make each coral stitch are same but the pattern is different.

How to work Double Zig Zag Coral Stitch

Work this stitch between two parallel lines from top to bottom.  Follow the line of the weave in the fabric or mark the lines use a dissolvable quilters pen. If you choose to use a pan make sure the lines are removable as they will not be covered with stitching.  With stitches like this I use the threads in the weave of the cloth as my guide. These step by step samples of Double Zig Zag Coral stitch are worked in perle #5 thread.

Double zig zag coral stitch step 1As you would with Zig zag Coral stitch bring your needle out on the left-hand side of the line and make a small twisted chain stitch by inserting the needle and having the point of the needle emerge a short space below the line as illustrated. Wrap the thread over the needle and under the point.  Pull the needle through the fabric. Double zig zag coral stitch step 2Move diagonally across your work, and make a twisted chain stitch as illustrated. Double zig zag coral stitch step 3Take your thread diagonally to the left-hand side of the line and make a twisted chain stitch. double zig zag coral stitch step 4Continue in this manner zig zagging down the line. At this stage you have created a line of regular Zig Zag Coral stitch. Tie off your work at the back.

Double zig zag coral stitch step 5

Work a second line of Zig Zag coral stitch off set to the first. I have worked the sample in a different colour so as the second journey can be seen easily. Although this is decorative you do not need to use two colours.

Double Zig Zag Coral stitch is fun and once you get in the rhythm it is quick to do. This stitch looks good in a thread with a firm twist such as cotton perle. Stranded cotton can make all the coral stitches look a bit lack lustre. It is also interesting to use thicker threads to create a border on your work. Or you can work Double Zig Zag Coral stitch row upon row to build up patterned fills. This is also a wonderful stitch to use to couch down braids, ribbon or novelty thread. This can give your which embroidery a contemporary twist. Double Zig Zag Coral stitch is also a surface embroidery stitch that you can easily add beads to, either in the diamond shapes it forms or use beads to tie the cross bars down. Simply put it is fun and I hope you enjoy experimenting with Double Zig Zag Coral stitch.

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Zig Zag Coral stitch step by step tutorial

Zig Zag Coral Stitch is a variety of  Coral stitch. All versions of Coral stitch are based on twisted chain stitch. I recommend that you refresh your memory of twisted chain stitch before you try the coral stitch versions.

How to work Zig Zag Coral Stitch

Work this stitch between two parallel lines from top to bottom. If you need to mark the lines use a dissolvable quilters pen. Make sure the lines are removable as they will not be covered with stitching.  With stitches like this I use the threads in the weave of the cloth as my guide. The step by step samples are worked in perle #5 thread. zig zag coral stitch step 1Bring your needle out on the left-hand side of the line and make a small twisted chain stitch by inserting the needle and having the point of the needle emerge a short space below the line as illustrated. Wrap the thread over the needle and under the point.  Pull the needle through the fabric. zig zag coral stitch step 2Move diagonally across your work to the right, and make a twisted chain stitch as illustrated. zig zag coral stitch step 3Take your thread diagonally to the left-hand side of the line and make a twisted chain stitch. zig zag coral stitch step 4Continue in this manner zig zagging down the line which is of course how the stitch got its name! Zig Zag Coral stitch is fun and once you get in the rhythm it is quick to do. It is also interesting to use thicker threads to create a border on your work. Or you can work Zig Zag Coral stitch row upon row to build up patterned fills. You can use this Zig Zag Coral stitch to couch down braids, ribbon or novelty thread which gives the embroidery a contemporary twist. It is also a surface embroidery stitch that you can easily add beads to.

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 
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Coral Stitch Step by Step Tutorial

Coral stitch is also known as coral knot, German knot stitch, knotted stitch, beaded stitch, and snail trail. It is also incorrectly known as scroll stitch.  If you compare the two stitches you will see the needle is wrapped in a different manner producing a different look to the line.

Coral stitch is an old embroidery stitch which creates a line that looks like a row of knots and is used for outlines as it follows a curved detail well.

It is also a very useful stitch for twiggy bits in a floral design. If you work it in a very precise manner with knot spaced at exact intervals coral stitch can also be used to create a knotted filling with the knots forming a secondary pattern across the filling.

How to work Coral Stitch 

Coral stitch is worked from right to left. To work bring the thread up from the back of the fabric and hold it loosely on the surface of the fabric with your thumb.

Insert the needle at a slight right angle, above the line to be worked and bring it out just below the line to be worked and under the fabric that is laid flat to the fabric. Wrap the thread under the needle as illustrated.

Coral stitch step 1

Pull the needle through the fabric  to form a knot.

Coral stitch step 2Continue in this manner along the line.

Coral stitch step 3

Coral stitch can be varied by altering the angle of the needle as it passes through the fabric. Some people work this stitch with the needle entering the fabric in a vertical position as it passes through the fabric. This will produce a tighter knot.  By altering the spacing of the knots along the row the stitch can appear to be different.

The effect created is also altered by the weight and twist of the thread used. This sample was worked using perle # 5 cotton however experiment with threads as this stitch looks good worked in thicker threads or even a fine ribbon.