How to hand embroider Raised Chain Stitch Version 2

There are two varieties of Raised Chain stitch you can find a tutorial for the other version here.  Raised Chain Version 2 creates a raised flat surface that looks like knitting!

I found this version of Raised chain stitch in the A-Z of Embroidery Stitches Volume 2

How to work Raised Chain stitch version 2

Raised Chain Stitch version 2 step 1First work a ladder of straight stitches as a foundation

Raised Chain Stitch version 2 step 1When working the second part of this stitch use a blunt tapestry needle to avoid splitting the foundation stitches.
To start off slide your needle under two foundations stitches.

With the working thread wrapped under the needle pull your needle through to form a chain stitch. You are not going through the fabric but looping the thread around the foundation stitches.
Raised Chain Stitch version 2 step 2Continue forming these chained stitches down the ladder until you reach the end of the row.
Raised Chain V2 step 4When you have the first row done fasten off the last stitch with a small vertical stitch and take your thread to the back, tie off.

Raised Chain Stitch version 2 step 5Restart at the top of the ladder and work row upon row until the foundation ladder is packed.
Raised Chain Stitch version 2 step 6As you can see this stitch looks very effective in a hand dyed multicoloured thread. I hope you enjoy Raised Chain Stitch version 2!

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How to hand embroider Raised Chain Stitch Version 1

There are two versions of Raised chain stitch this tutorial is the first version. The other version is listed here.Both create a raised but flat band that add texture to a piece. They both make a great edge to your work too!

Raised Chain V1
How to work Raised Chain Stitch version 1

You will find this version in The Embroidery Stitch Bible by Betty Barnden p111 which by the way is an excellent book.
Raised Chain V1 step 1First work a ladder of straight stitches as a foundation.

Work the next part of the process  from top to bottom.
Use a blunt tapestry needle to avoid splitting the foundation stitches.
Raised Chain V1 sBring your needle to the front of the fabric, at the top of the foundation row.
Take your thread over the top of the first bar and thread the needle under it.
You are not going through the fabric. Pull the needle under the bar.

Raised Chain V1 step 3On the other side of the little loop stitch you just made  pass your needle under the foundation bar again.Once again you are not going through the fabric but lacing the foundation stitch.

Raised Chain V1 step 4With the working thread under the needle pull your needle through to form your first stitch.

Raised Chain V1 step 5Continue this way down the ladder of foundation stitches.

Raised Chain V1 step 6When you have the first row done fasten off the last stitch with a small vertical stitch and take your thread to the back, tie off.

Raised Chain V1 step 7Restart at the top of the ladder and work row upon row until the foundation ladder of stitches is packed. I hope you enjoy exploring Raised Chain Stitch version 1

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