Introduction to Embroidery

Lesson 9/11 - The Chain Stitch


Introduction to Embroidery


Lesson Info

The Chain Stitch

So the next it's we're going to work on is a fund stitch like this one, this is called the chain stitch, so it's, this one here, the chain stitches, a really nice way to add an immediate pattern to a basic stitch that you might be doing to a border. It looks really cute mixed up with a french, not you can see it there. I put too little now that we've done the french not you're going to see french knots in all the theme sample hoops that we're here for the rest of the class, because I was like, yeah, I'm free, I can use the french, not because we've been through it, so chain stitches is relatively simple and like I said, it's a nice, basic way to add immediate pattern to what you're doing, and I'm again using all six strands with the chain stitch it's up to you, whether you want to use all six strands, it might be easier for you to actually see the mechanics of the stitch once you've finished your sampler, if you go down to three or four, so with the chains that you're going to be using...

the same hole, you're going to be coming in, you know, coming out and in and then out and almost magically you create a cute little chain. Now one of the challenges of the chain stitch and you'll see here is that the fibers of the thread they do start to separate see that right there so you do have to be careful with the tension but again so back into the same hole I like to win a beginning using my thumb to kind of hold the threat because you're creating a loop so if the threads there like out here it's not going to happen so you want to remember you're creating a loop you bring your needle through and over the remaining thread and you have a chain you're going back into the same hole now I'm gonna add a little bit of a curve to it which is really just about adding a little bit of a diagonal as you set up your needle now you are actually creating a chain so if you run out of thread or you get a knot when you start to pull it out if you're familiar with crow shea or any other type of needlework that uses a chain it will come apart like a chain so it's not you're not creating an effect like a chain you're actually creating a chain so remember that if you have a nod or a snag and you stop you're gonna hopefully want tto have enough thread what you can do and how you finish the chain stitch is you just tack it down at the top over the last ditch and that finishes it otherwise it just keeps going and going and going and going and going so I'll show you a couple more times come through the fabric I like to hold my thread sort of in a loop is doing it here back through the same hole bring the needle out and the needle comes over that thread and then you get this magical chain can through the hole up and out over and through I'm going to do it a few more times and then I'll come around and the length as you can see I'm doing sort of a very length now that's one way of putting a variation on it and I'll do a tiny one okay please yes they're trick to making them if you wantto toe look more rounded yeah I'll show you that you know so I started to do it up here a little bit but I think you guys we're all like super excited about trying to get this detroit you can see it starts to curve a little bit but the direction is really all about in that place where the needle is coming out and back again over the fabric so I'll show you here iced I'm starting to curve it a little bit here but here's where you make the decision about the direction is right in here when you're doing this part of it so you'll see now it's starting to change direction you see that and I have to I have to totally turn my fabric for my mind to be able to did to do it so and I'll turn it a little bit more but it's all in that direction that the needle is coming back out of the fabric and see that and again I'm completely turning my hoop as I'm doing it I actually like the ring of the chain can you kind of control how all belong or how around if you wanted to be around? Is that not thing or do you have to like that sounds like a difference catching the different and we're going to talk about that in a couple of stitches I'm going to show you how to get something that's similar but that's round if you wanted to do a continuous chain, you would probably one attack it, so I'll do one such enough sort of show you what that looks like because there is another stitch that we're doing that is sort of like the team that I kind of show you by attacking in a couple places but it's not a continuous chain, so that was a really good question here is what that would look like so if you wanted let's say we wanted the end of this one to be more of an open circle, I would just tack it that way now that would break the chain that would break the actual chain of the stitch. But you could totally foe it if that's what you wanted, so you could just go back and attack it. Does that answer? Yeah, okay, that's, a really good idea for a variation, and then it would be super cute tooth, and you went back after that to an untaxed chain stitch would give even more dimension to what you're doing. Ok, so again, I'm going to show you how to finish it. It's, just a simple tax ditch at the end, and then you're going to want to not it. I highly recommend nodding the stitch just because there is there, you can see there is a natural looseness to it. So even if you're a purist, it's, a, consider, consider nodding a changed it. And then, you know, now that we all know the french, not you can be super clever and

Class Description

Embroidery is a truly lovely way to customize a craft project and a super-rewarding skill to have. Get your start in this needlework tradition in Introduction to Embroidery with Lisa Shaffer.

Lisa teaches needlework to artists across the country and in this class, she’ll help you get your start in the classic art of embroidery. You’ll learn:

  • A brief the history of hand embroidery
  • How to choose your needles, thread, fabric, and hoops
  • The right way to start a hoop sampler
  • A variety of essential stitches
Lisa will help you master the basic straight and back stitches, satin stitch, French knot, lazy daisy, chain stitch, feather stitch, and blanket stitch.

Introduction to Embroidery with Lisa Shaffer will give you the skills you need to start creating your very own needlework designs.