Woven Zig Zag Chain is based on zig zag chain. Follow the link to the tutorial if you need directions or just a quick refresher.
Woven Zigzag chain stitch is a variety of chain stitch that creates an interesting pattern of woven stitches. It is worked in 2 stages: the first is to work a line of zig zag chain stitch which acts as a stitch foundation – that in turn is needle woven.
Work the zig zags between two imaginary parallel lines or mark your work with a quilter’s pen that is erased when you add moisture.
When you work the line of zig zag chain stitch to act as a foundation work it slightly loose because when the stitches are woven the tension on the line will be tightened.
I have worked the second part of the sample in a different thread so that the weaving is clearly distinguished but normally the foundation and woven parts of the stitch would be worked in the same thread. The thread used in the sample is cotton perle #5. During this stage, you are not taking the needle through the fabric but using the chain stitch as a foundation on which to weave.
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.
Turn your needle, and 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 in this way 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.
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