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11. Chain Stitch - Feathered

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The Feathered Chain Stitch is a decorative hand embroidery stitch that utilizes detached chain stitches arranged in a zig-zag pattern as if working the feather stitch, forming a hybridized stitch.

This highly textured surface embroidery stitch is wider than a standard chain stitch, making it perfect for use in wide bands and rows.

12. Chain Stitch - Square

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The Square Chain Stitch is a chunky, open version of a standard chain stitch. This stitch can be used alone as an interesting border or outine stitch, or pass ribbon or other trims under the stitch for a multi-layered effect.

13. Chain Stitch - Twisted

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The Twisted Chain Stitch 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. 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 project.

14. Chevron Stitch

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The Chevron Stitch is a surface embroidery stitch worked using long diagonal stitches topped with a horizontal cap stitch. This stitch can be used in straight rows and bands. It can also be stitches along a curved edge if guide lines are carefully marked on the fabric.

15. Chevron Stitch - Double

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The Double Chevron Stitch can be used in bands and borders, and may be worked in a single color or two colors. It is worked similarly to standard chevron stitch but in two passes. The first pass is worked as a standard chevron stitch, while the second pass weaves through the first.

16. Colonial Knot

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The Colonial Knot is a larger, sturdier knot used in surface embroidery, especially candlewick embroidery using heavy threads on sturdy cotton or linen fabrics.

Learn more about this knot by visiting the Candlewicking Tutorial.

17. Cretan Stitch - Open

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The Open Cretan Stitch is similar to feather stitch, as it uses interlocking curved stitches, but is made using stitches that are vertical along the top and bottom edges, rather than curved.

It can be used to outline shapes, as a border, or to join two pieces of material together using a decorative, open lacy stitch.

18. Cross Stitch

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Cross Stitch is commonly worked on Aida fabric by stitching one stitch over each square in the fabric, or counted by working over two threads when using an evenweave fabric.

However, cross stitch can also be used as a surface embroidery stitch when working with pre-stamped items, hot iron or other embroidery transfers.

19. Cross Stitch - Chinese

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Unlike standard cross stitch, which is worked diagonally, Chinese Cross Stitch is worked using a single horizontal and two vertical vertical straight stitches (groups of three). It makes a pretty border or edging on a project, and can be worked in a single row, or multiple rows.

The stitching area can be pre-marked on the fabric, worked freestyale, or worked as a counted stitch.

20. Cross Stitch - Long-Armed or Elongated

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The Long-Armed Cross Stitch, sometimes referred to as an elongated cross stitch, can be used in bands and rows, or two outline or frame a section of a design in counted thread embroidery projects. The stitch is worked nearly identically to a standard cross stitch, with the exception that the second leg of the stitch is elongated. When worked in rows, the stitches cross each other and resemble a braid.
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