Twisted Chain Stitch

Twisted Chain Stitch

Twisted Chain Stitch is a versatile variation of the Chain Stitch. It adds texture and depth to your embroidery projects. Imagine the regular chain stitch but with a quirky twist. The beauty of this stitch is that it can be used to create beautiful patterns on its own or combined with other stitches to produce intricate designs.

Twisted Chain Stitch Front and back view
Twisted Chain Stitch Front and back view

Applications of the Twisted Chain Stitch

The versatility of the this hand embroidery stitch makes it a valuable addition to your embroidery toolbox. Here are some creative applications of this stitch:

  • Floral Embroidery: Use the stitch to create stunning floral stems, leaves, and vines, bringing nature’s beauty to your designs.
  • Outline and Borders: The stitch’s twisted appearance makes it ideal for outlining motifs and adding decorative borders to your embroidery projects.
  • Textured Fillings: Experiment with filling larger areas using rows of Twisted Chain stitches, giving your designs a unique and textured finish.
  • Monograms and Lettering: Add elegance to monograms and lettering using this variation of Chain stitch for smooth, sophisticated outlines.

How to embroider Twisted Chain Stitch

Twisted chain stitch embroidery step by step
How to embroider Twisted Chain Stitch

  • Mark the line for the desired path of your embroidery.
  • Take the needle up on the line. Pass the needle to the fabric close to the starting point, above the thread, and leave the loop.
  • Take the needle up on the line, one stitch to the right.
  • Twist the yarn forming the loop and pass the working tread inside the loop. Tighten the loop.
  • Push the needle down into the fabric above the Chain you just created.
  • Twist the loop and push the needle on the marked line inside the twisted loop.
  • Continue making twisted chain stitches until all the outline is filled.

More Variations of the Chain Stitch

Video tutorial

If you are a visual learner, watch a video tutorial below or on the Practical Embroidery YouTube channel. In this video, you’ll find easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions that will have you creating the Twisted Chain Stitch like a pro in no time.

What’s next?

Before you dash off, remember to check out the Stitches and Techniques page. It’s a treasure trove, bursting with hand-embroidery stitches for you to explore and master. Dive in, and who knows which stitch might become your next favorite?