Sunday, January 26, 2014

Linked chain stitch

TAST stitch 95 is linked chain stitch. TAST stands for Take A Stitch Tuesday, 
an embroidery challenge at Pin Tangle.

Last week I prepared a new 14 count Aida sampler to use as  a doodle cloth. The linked chain stitches are my first experiments on it.
These are the first rows in yellow perle 5 and green perle 8.
Here I used 2 different colours of stranded floss in 2 needles and alternated them to stitch the linked chain stitch. This would have looked much better in thicker thread like perle 5 or 8.
Two rows in perle 5. The green row is pushed in, so there’s no space between the backstitch links. In the bottom row I whipped the backstitch links with a fancy embroidery thread.
This is a progress photo of the green row. Every chain stitch is stitched around 2 touching backstitches. It produces a nice bulky line, great for sumptuous surface embroidery!
In my last row I experimented with an open chain stitch. It needed 2 backstitch links, which I stitched in a triangle shape. As usual I took some step by step photo’s as a reminder.
The first step is the same as the normal open chain stitch.
The first backstitch link.
And the second backstitch link.
Take a closer look at my complete Aida sampler here.


  1. WOW! Fantastic stitches! I especially like the last one.

  2. very good stitching and it is good to see it in progress

  3. A good selection of beautiful stitches!

  4. I love the open chain - it is looking intricate and interesting. I like your colours.

  5. Great blog on the stitch varieties. The last one is really interesting.
    Perhaps it should be called Annet's stitch.


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