Chain Stitch

Chain Stitch

Instructions on how to work chain stitch

You can use Chain stitch to create a line. You might also know Chain Stitch as tambour stitch or point de chainette.

step by step instructions for chain stitch 1

Bring the needle up through the fabric and hold the thread with the left thumb. Insert the needle as illustrated, so that the point emerges a short space along the line to be stitched.

step by step instructions for chain stitch 2

With the thread wrapped under the needle point pull the needle through the fabric to make the first stitch.

Insert the needle into the middle of the chain stitch with the point emerging further along the line. Once again wrap the thread under the needle and pull through.

step by step instructions for chain stitch 3

Continue in this manner along the line

chain stitch sample 2

Chain stitch worked in fine knitting yarn.

chain stitch sample 3

This Chain stitch worked in silk thread on a crazy quilt block

chain stitch sample 1

Chain stitch is classified as a linear stitch because it is good for lines.

chain stitch sample 4

Chain stitch worked in cotton perle #5

Light tone detail 2

If you are interested in seeing, reading about, and getting the free pattern for the crazy quilt block that this detail came from, you will find it here in my Diamonds are Forever series.

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Happy stitching!


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    1. Can I use Any type of fabric for the stitches? Id like to use Plain White fabric until I get more practice with the variety of lovely stitches. I will have to eyeball the size since the weave ofvthe fabric will be tighter. Can you make recomendation of what other type if fabric to use as I begin this years TAST. Thankyou.

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