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Knotted cable chain stitch

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This surface stitch is a more decorative version of cable chain stitch.  A coral knot is added to the straight stitches which gives more texture.

The stitch is presumably a development of cable chain stitch; it first appears in early 20th century publications.

Knotted cable chain stitch is generously sponsored by Prof Norma Dawson and Cynthia Batten, in memory of Sarah Watkins (1896–1990)

Method

1

Bring your needle up on the right hand end of your guideline, and take it down through the fabric just above the line and slightly along.  Leave a loop on the surface.

2

Twist the loop so that the second part of the twist is uppermost and bring your needle up inside it, just below the line.

3

Pull your needle through to form a knot, then slide your needle under the straight stitch to the right (do not pierce the fabric).

4

Leave a loop on the surface and take your needle down immediately below the coral knot.

5

Bring your needle up on the line, inside the loop.

6

Pull through to form a chain stitch.  This is your first knotted cable chain stitch.

7

Continue working the stitch as before.

8

To finish, work the coral knot to hold your chain stitch in place and take your thread through the fabric.

9

A completed line of knotted cable chain stitch.

Knotted cable chain stitch

Structure of stitch

Embroidery Techniques

References

  • Mrs Archibald Christie, Samplers and Stitches (1921) , p.56
  • Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.28–9