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Working the Twisted Chain Stitch
Twisted Chain Stitch

Working the Twisted Chain Stitch

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The Twisted Chain Stitch is a surface embroidery stitch that is worked similarly to a standard row of chain stitch, with the exception of the second insertion point of the needle being outside the previous stitch. This motion produces a textured, twisted stitch than can be used along straight lines and curves or to outline shapes.

When used singly, a stitch resembles a small fish. Add a French knot eye and you have an easy element to use in a beach-themed hand embroidery project.

To work the twisted chain stitch, pre-mark the stitching line on the fabric using a water-soluble fabric marking pen. The lines act as a guide and will be removed after the embroidery has been completed.

Bring the needle up through the fabric at the starting point. This is your first insertion point. Wrap the thread under the needle and insert the needle into the fabric slightly above the first insertion point, bring the tip through the back of the fabric into position at the start of the next stitch. By having the second insertion point above the line, outside of the original looped stitch, you create a twisted stitch.

Continue working along the length of the marked line.

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