Tulip Stitch or Slipped Detached Chain Stitch

Tulip Stitch or Slipped Detached Chain Stitch

Slipped Detached chain stitch sounds a mouthful but it is a simple and versatile stitch. Often called tulip stitch because that is what it can look like, it is one of those easy quick stitches that lends itself to variation. It is so simple people overlook slipped detached chain as a stitch to experiment with. It is a member of the chain stitch family.

You can work the chain part of the stitch in one thread and change threads for the slipped straight stitches.

You can change the height of the detached chain and vary the angle of the straight stitches. It is effective worked in perle threads, wool, ribbon and fine metallic cords.

How to work Slipped Detached Chain (Tulip stitch)

Slip detached chain step-by-step directionsFirst, you make a single detached chain stitch.

Bring your needle up on one side of the detached chain. Slide your needle under the tie of the detached chain. Take the thread through and insert on the other side of the detached chain.

You can have one two or more of these base stitches at varying angles.

sample of Slip detached chain stitchYou can arrange the stitch in various patterns and being quick it is ideal to sprinkle as an isolated stitch over a large area. Also you can work them in rings.

sample of Slip detached chain stitchI have often substituted the detached chain with oyster stitch to add extra texture and often used this stitch to great effect on crazy quilted items.

sample of Slip detached chain stitchAdding a bead or metallic thread adds even more zest.


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