Heavy Chain Stitch


This is the heavy chain stitch used in hand embroidery. It creates a smooth, solid somewhat heavy chain stitch line To work the stitch, you can work it from left to right right to left, bottom to top i’m working from left to right here and i’m going to start by making just a small
straight stitch on the line then i’ll move down the line a little ways to make my first chain stitch passing underneath the straight stitch and you can tighten it up by pulling on the
working thread there and then head down in the same hole and that creates your first chain stitch move down the line a little ways, come up in your fabric pass under the anchor stitch again and then down into the same hole so now you have two chain stitches there now we’ll come up a little ways down the line now I’m going to take the needle behind both of those chain stitches so i’m going underneath the two chain stitches without picking up any fabric and heading back down on the same hole pull through move down the line a little bit and now I’m going to pass behind the last two stitches not this one, but the center one there, so
that i’m going underneath the last two stitches so underneath, pull through and head down into the same hole move down the line a little ways pull through and then underneath the last two stitches pull through and head down into the same hole So you can see that this creates a solid line that looks a little bit like a braid it’s a little heavier than your regular chain stitch line and it’s great for anywhere the that you would use a chain stitch
but you want a heavier line with your last stitch you want to come up relatively close
to your previous stitch so that you don’t have a long tail hanging off (I’m just going to tighten that up a little bit) and then pass underneath both stitches and back down into the same hole pull through and that is the heavy chain stitch! For
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