How to Hand Embroider Spiked Knotted Cable Chain Stitch

I discovered this Spiked Knotted Cable Chain in Edith Johns Creative Stitches (p. 53) This mouthful of a name is one of those stitches that at first glance I thought it was too complex to hold much interest. Then once I was in the swing of it my opinion shifted a this stitch forms an interesting texture and is more versatile than I first thought.

Spiked Knotted Cable is one of those stitches that build on established hand skills. You need to be able to work twisted chain, and preferably to have mastered oyster stitch.

Spiked knotted cable chain This stitch starts with a twisted chain and builds from there. So bring the thread through the fabric from the back then insert the needle at an angle with the point emerging from the fabric pointing to the left.

Spiked knotted cable chain 2

Cross the thread over the needle and wrap the thread under the needle point.

Spiked knotted cable chain 3Pull the needle through the fabric to make a twisted chain stitch.

Spiked knotted cable chain 4Slide your needle under the thread at the top of the twisted chain (as illustrated).

Spiked knotted cable chain 5Pull your needle through. Note at this stage you are not going through the fabric just under the thread. Make a snug knot but take care not to pull your thread too tightly.

Spiked knotted cable chain 6Below the twisted chain insert your needle on the right. As illustrated have your needle point inwards, with the point emerging inline to the top right of the first twisted chain stitch.
Spiked knotted cable chain 7Keep the thread under the needle (as you would in buttonhole stitch).Pull your needle through. This creates the first Spiked knotted cable stitch.

Spiked knotted cable chain 8To start the second stitch insert your needle to the left of the spike as illustrated

Once again insert the needle through the fabric bringing the point of the needle out a short way along the line and wrap your thread over the needle, then wrap the thread under the needle.

Spiked knotted cable chain 9Pull the needle through the fabric and continue as you did on the first stitch.

Spiked knotted cable chain 10As you can see Spiked Knotted Cable Chain creates a very interesting line and being a chain stitch you can work it on a curve too.

I hope you enjoy spiked knotted cable chain stitch!

Close detail of thread twisties

Thread Twisties!

Experimenting with different threads can be expensive, as you would normally have to buy a whole skein of each type of thread. So I have made up my thread twisties which are a combination of different threads to use in creative hand embroidery. These enable you to try out stitching with something other than stranded cotton. For the price of just a few skeins, you can experiment with a bundle of threads of luscious colours and many different textures.

These are creative embroiders threads. With them, I hope to encourage you to experiment. Each Twistie is a thread bundle containing silk, cotton, rayon and wool. Threads range from extra fine (the same thickness as 1 strand of embroidery floss) to chunky couchable textured yarns. All threads have a soft and manageable drape so that twisting them around a needle makes experimental hand embroidery an interesting journey rather than a battle.  Many are hand dyed by me. All are threads I use. You may find a similar thread twist but no two are identical.

You will find my thread twisties in the Pintangle shop here.


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