How to hand embroider Woven Chained Bar stitch

Woven chained bar ideal for borders or you can use it to couch down ribbons, tape or some flat braids. You need first to work a row of regular Chained bar stitch and you weave the chain stitches as you would Woven Zigzag chain stitch. If you need to remember how Woven Zigzag Chain is worked follow the link to a tutorial.

Woven chain bar 1Work a foundation of Chained bar stitch. For the sample I have worked a sample over 5 straight stitches of a hand dyed chainette thread.

To weave the chain stitches

The second part of the sample is worked in cotton perle #5. Bring your needle out at the base of the first chain stitch. Pass it under the bottom bar of the chain stitch and have your needle come up in the middle of the loop. Pull your needle through.

Woven chain bar 2Turn your needle pass the needle under the bar of the chain stitch and have your needle come up in the middle of the loop. Pull your thread through. Continue weaving from side to side and pack the stitches as you go. As you weave make sure your needle always points towards the centre of the chain stitch.

Work this way until you reach the end of the line.
If you work your woven stitches slightly tighter at the start and end of each chain the shape will become leaf like.

Woven chain bar 3During the weaving stage you are not taking the needle through the fabric but using the chain stitch as a foundation on which to weave.

I hope you enjoy the stitch!

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Details 654 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 can be seen below the tiger

Stitches Used:

All of these stitches are beginner stitches. I love returning again and again to the simple stitches.  From the top of the photo downwards, first  I worked a line of  chevron stitch using a cotton floss thread .

Next is line of buttonhole worked in a cotton perle # 5 thread.

I then added a line of beads before working a line of couching,  securing stranded cotton floss with a yellow thread that was also stranded cotton floss..

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

Fabric:

The foundation fabric is a hand dyed 18cnt Aida

Date:

This section of the sampler was worked February 2010.

Size:

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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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.

Fabric:

The foundation fabric is a hand dyed 18cnt Aida

Date:

This section of the sampler was worked February 2010.

Size:

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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