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Chain stitch (canvaswork)

​Chain stitch (canvaswork) consists of rows of repeated interconnecting loops that start at the top and are stitched down to the bottom of the design. The finished stitch resembles a chain, hence the name.

A variant of chain stitch; for more information see the entry for chain stitch.

Chain stitch (canvaswork) is generously sponsored by Lesley Fudge

Method

1

Begin by bringing the needle up through a hole of canvas, and take it back down through the same hole, leaving a loose loop on the front of the canvas.

2

Next, bring the needle up two canvas threads below the first part of the stitch and through the loose loop left on the canvas. Now the thread can be pulled tight.

3

Repeat the stitch by taking the needle back down through the same hole it has just come up (through the first loop)

4

and out again two threads below.
Continue the sequence.

5

At the end of the row make a small stitch over one canvas thread to hold the final loop in place.

6

The second row of chain should be worked one thread across from the first.

Chain stitch (canvaswork)

Structure of stitch

Common uses

Embroidery Techniques

References

  • Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.103