TAST Week 34 Highlights

Highlight time again and there has been some interesting responses to this stitch. Some liked it some didn’t.  I have a really quick round up today as life is busy but I still wanted to share some of the great samples spotted in the comments of week 34.

hand embroidered linked double chain sample

Laurel’s sample on stitchin fingers is keeping the rain at bay.

hand embroidered link double chain stitch sampleMariaInez L.Ribeiro dos Santos on stitchin fingers saw it the opposite way as in her interpretation of a sunny day!

hand embroidered link double chain stitch sampleLucy Landry over on playfulstitching also turned to nature to inspire her.

hand embroidered link double chain stitch sampleHopscotch on stitchin fingers experimented in her freeform embroidery piece.

hand embroidered link double chain stitch sampleLast but not least, over on Ella’s Craft Creations, Chris Richards worked this lovely geometric arrangement. visit her blog to see more details.

I hope you have enjoyed the featured samples this week.

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Linked Double Chain Stitch Tutorial

I found Linked double chain stitch in an old embroidery book called  The Batsford encyclopaedia of embroidery stitches by Anne Butler. If you ever find this book in an secondhand store it wi well worth picking it up if priced reasonably.


Linked Double Chain step 1Linked Double Chain is an interesting variety of chain stitch. If you are a beginner you might like to make sure you are familiar with chain stitch and with twisted chain stitch since Linked double chain consists of two chain stitches worked side by side which are then  linked with a twisted chain. This combination is worked to form a line.

To work the stitch start with a single very open chain stitch. It is a bit sloppy looking as you can see.


Linked Double Chain step 2Next work a second chain next to the first. Make the stitch so that the two stitches are side by side.

At this stage the y look a little like buttonhole stitches.

Bringing the point of the needle out a short space down the line to be stitched. Cross the thread over the needle, then wrap the thread under the needle point.



Linked Double Chain step 3Pull the needle through the fabric.

What you are doing is working a twisted chain stitch into the base of the first two stitches.

If you are unfamilar with twisted chain stitch you will find the directions here

At this point it should look like this.



Linked Double Chain step 4

Next work two chain stitches side by side emerging from the base of the Twisted Chain.

Continue along the line in this manner.





Linked Double Chain step 5This is a marvellous stitch as it will follow a curve well and lends itself to all sorts of interesting experimentation.

You can widen the chain stitches and play with spacing

It looks particularly effective if you use a thread with a firm twist.

Silk ribbon also works well with this stitch. It lends itself to being embellished with beads too.


I hope you enjoy experimenting with this stitch.

Linked Double Chain step 6