The cable chain stitch is a popular surface embroidery stitch that is worked along parallel lines on an evenweave fabric. These lines can be marked using a water soluble fabric pen or pencil, or you can count the threads in your fabric to space the stitches.
Work the stitch from right to left: Bring the needle up through the fabric at the end of the upper or lower line and make a single chain stitch but do not tack it down.
Next, wrap the thread around the needle and insert the needle into the fabric a short distance from the previous exit point.
Insert the needle along the lower marked line to make a loop that is connected to the previous loop by a small stitch.
Repeat to the end of the row.
This stitch can be worked in a zigzag pattern, or along a straight line, as shown at the top of the illustration.
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