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Twisted chain stitch

Twisted chain stitch is a fun "twist" on the classic chain stitch, and provides for a unique way to follow a curve when stitching vines or wreaths!


In this post, I've provided written and photo instructions, as well as a brief, step-by-step video tutorial at the very end (feel free to scroll all the way to the bottom, if video tutorials work best for you!)


One piece of advice I have for this stitch goes out to those of you who already know how to do the regular (or reversed) chain stitch. Yes, this stitch "feels" very similar to chain stitch, both in its finished effect and, to a degree, its execution. At the same time, I think this stitch can be difficult to learn when you're expecting it to be *just* like chain stitch because, well, it isn't! That's why I recommend that you approach this stitch as the unique technique that it ultimately is.


Picture of an embroidery hoop with pink, yellow, and orange curved lines stitched onto light blue fabric.
Twisted chain stitch is a fun way to follow a curve!

Step 1: Gather your supplies and draw your guidelines.


I'm using a linen blend fabric and a heat-erasable pen to draw my guideline.



Twisted chain stitch can also be worked in a straight line, but for the purposes of this demonstration I chose to follow a slight curve!



I'll be using all six strands of cotton embroidery floss, but you can use however many strands you like.



Step 2: Bring your needle up through your fabric, on the guideline, and pull.



Step 3: Bring your needle back down through your fabric, just to the left of your first stitch, leaving a loop.



Step 4: Bring your needle up through your fabric, on your guideline, just above your first stitch.



Step 5: Twist your loop, put it over your needle, and pull.