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Embroidering through Time and Space


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Chain Stitch

This past weekend I taught an embroidery class for beginning embroiders. They asked for a pictorial tutorial for chain and stem stitch. I am going to post chain stitch today and will add the stem stitch later this evening or tomorrow.

For this tutorial I will be working the chain stitch in what is called reverse chain stitch.  I think its easier to control the size and tension  of the stitch especially for new embroiderers.

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STEP ONE- take a tiny little straight stitch, ideally only as wide as the thread you are stitching with. If you stitch is bigger DONT PANIC you are new to this and your stitches will get smaller with practice.

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STEP TWO – Bring your needle back up to the front of your cloth and carefully run it between the tiny little stitch you just took and your fabric.

 

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STEP THREE – Insert your needle back into the hole you just came up through. Now pull it through to the back side of your cloth. You have just made your first link.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Now continue repeating Steps 3 & 4, using the last loop you made to hold your new loop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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for those of you doing the class project it should look something like this when you get done with your chain stitch. Don’t worry if your stitches are different sizes from mine. Your project is a unique work of art and reflects where you are in your embroidery journey.

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And sew it goes…

I’ve been workiP1040792ng on the big Opus Teutonicum banner off and on. Because I usually only work on it at SCA events or sometimes at my local Arts and Sciences meetings its moving along slowly, but it is moving along. Here is what I’ve got done so far.  I am outlining the central figure with reverse chain stitch.  His eye is pulled thread work, and his face is being filled in with a variation of brick stitch.  The ground fabric is tabby woven linen in a dress weight ( I think I got it from Jo-Anns, years ago).  Here is a wide shot so that you can get a better sense of scale. P1040731