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How to Embroider the Twisted Chain Stitch


Texture Terrarium Stitch Along Day 14: Twisted Chain Stitch

This is the last stitch for the front of our Textural Terrarium! We'll be using this as the terrarium hanging chain.


The Stitch:

The twisted chain stitch is very similar to the chain stitch, except each chain link is twisted. This stitch always reminds me of the single line fishes I used to draw as a kind and kind of makes me hungry for Goldfish crackers.


Watch the video below for how to embroider the twisted chain stitch and scroll down for a step-by-step guide + information on how to join the Textural Terrarium Stitch Along with Pattern Club.


How To Video:


Step By Step Guide:

1. To start, bring the needle up from the back of the fabric to the front where you want the twisted chain to start. Full the thread all the way through to the front of the fabric.


2. Next, bring your needle back through the fabric slightly above your first stitch. Instead of pulling the needle all the way through the fabric, slide it under the fabric and bring it back up through the fabric a stitch's length away (about 1/4 inch). This should look like your needle is going in and out of the front of the fabric. This length will also dictate how long your twisted chain stitch will be.


3. Now, take the thread that is coming out of the fabric and wrap it diagonally across the needle and around the tip.


4. Once the thread is wrapped around your needle, pull the needle out of the fabric. You should now have a twisted loop (or as I like to think of it a fish), with the thread coming out of the rounded end. To make a row of twisted chain stitches, repeat steps 2-4 until you have the desired twisted chain link.


5. To finish the twisted chain, bring your needle down on the outer edge of the link loop, creating a short stitch to anchor it in place.



Want to join in the Textural Terrarium Stitch Along? During July 2021 you can join Pattern Club and stitch this design along with us for only $10! If clubs aren't your thing or it's not July, you can purchase the digital pattern here. Then follow along with each blog post to learn how to create each embroidery stitch used in this Textural Terrarium. You can also find more colorful and beginner-friendly embroidery patterns and kits in the MCreativeJ shop.