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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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 
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Woven Trellis Stitch Tutorial

Woven trellis stitch is a fun woven stitch that since it adds texture to a piece it can be an unexpected element that make a piece more appealing. With a bead added to the middle they look like flowers.

How to hand embroider Woven Trellis Stitch

Woven trellis stitch 1

With woven trellis you work a group of foundation stitches onto which you weave. Use a blunt tapestry needle so that as you weave the threads you do not split them by accident.

Start by working 12 straight stitches  clustered in groups of 3 arranged radiating from the middle of a circle  as illustrated above.

Woven trellis stitch 2Bring the working thread up through the fabric at the middle. Using a a blunt tapestry needle begin weaving by sliding the needle from one side to the other, picking up the two outer threads skipping the middle thread. Pull the thread through firmly but not too tight.

Woven trellis stitch 3Turn the needle and continue weaving by sliding the needle from one side to the other, picking the middle thread. Pull your thread through and continue in this back and forth motion until you have woven the length of the foundation stitches.  As you weave use the needle to pack the petal so that it firm.

Woven trellis stitch 4Continue weaving until it is packed firmly to the base.

Woven trellis stitch 5Take the thread to the back and bring the needle out at the centre of the motif ready to work the next set of foundation stitches. Work until each section is woven and  take the thread to the back and secure with two small back stitches.

Woven trellis stitch 6This is a fun stitch which looks great if you use hand dyed or variegated threads and for extra zest add a bead in the middle. I hope folks enjoy Woven Trellis Stitch.

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