Double Whipped Chain Stitch 2

Double Whipped Chain Stitch 2

Double Whipped Chain Stitch is a fun version of  Whipped Chain stitch. It creates a strong decorative line that will follow a curve well. The thread you use to whip the foundation line of chain stitches can be different colour or a contrasting texture. Many novelty threads can be used with this technique too. Alternatively, if you simply want a full, strong line up the center you can use a thread of the same colour.

How to work Double Whipped Chain Stitch

In this variety of chain stitch, you work in two journeys. The first you lay down a line of chain stitch then you whip both sides of the chain to create Double Whipped Chain stitch. You do this by working up one side of the line, then working the other. It produces a stitch that looks totally different and is particularly effective if you use a different colour thread. Using a metallic thread to whip the side is very effective.

Double Whipped Chain stitch step 1Work a foundation row of chain stitch. For the journey use a blunt-ended tapestry needle to avoid splitting the chain stitches on the foundation row.

Bring your needle out at the start of the line and pass it under one side of the first chain stitch. With your needle under the side of chain stitch and pointed towards the centre line pull your needle through. At this stage of the process take care not to pick up any of the fabric.

Double Whipped Chain stitch step 2Continue whipping the side of each chain stitch until the end of the line. Now take your thread to the back of the work. If the line of stitching is lengthy finish the thread by tying it off at the back of your work.

Double Whipped Chain stitch step 3For the next journey, bring your needle out at the start of the line and repeat the same whipping action along the other side of the foundation chain stitches. Once again pass your needle under each chain stitch. With each stitch make sure your needle is pointed towards the centre line. And take care not to pick up any of the fabric.

Double Whipped Chain stitch step 4Continue until the line is completely worked. As you can see the effect is fun and it is easily and quickly worked. Children love it and if the line is not too fine small hands can work it, making this version of Double Whipped Chain stitch ideal to include in children’s projects.

Double Whipped Chain stitch is a member of the Chain stitch family.


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Thread Twisties!

Experimenting with different threads can be expensive. You would normally have to buy a whole skein of each type of thread. My thread twisties 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. 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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