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Directions for Working the Chain Stitch as Cables

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Working the Cable Chain Stitch
Directions for Working the Chain Stitch as Cables

Working the Cable Chain Stitch Two Ways - Straight and ZigZag

© Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

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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