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A Garden of Chain Stitch Samples

IMG_0246 Garden of Chain Stitches

I never dreamed there were so many variations of Chain Stitch! It has always been one of my favorites. In my teenage years I would often stitch loopy lazy daisies on things — even now, typing this, I remember that I put that as my identifying mark on all my towels before I went off to college ūüôā That’s a happy memory!

Once I started thinking about doing my weekly TAST stitching for weeks #7 Detached Chain and #8 Chain, and realized just how many variations I had listed, I thought something more than just my normal doodle cloth experiments would be nice.

IMG_0260 Chard, tomatoes on trellises, and peppers. Can you imagine it?

And suddenly I needed to stitch up a garden! I guess it makes sense with spring being in the air. Plus I love all things green ūüôā including herbs and vegetables! Certainly there were enough variations of chain stitch for a garden of leaves.

Here’s the run down on my garden, from top left across, to bottom right:

  • Detached chain Stitch “lettuce rows” (used my new awesome coton a broder)
  • Rosette Stitch “spinach” (aah, yes, need lots more practice on this finicky stitch)
  • Alternate Barred Chain and Barred Chain for the “beans” and “corn”¬†(Some of the twists have been inverted*, so the barb sticks out from underneath instead of on top — just playing around.)¬†Oh, and I forgot these got their own week later! I was in a chain stitch frenzy!

Garden of Chain Stitch variations


  • Chain (very long skinny ones in a single strand of floss) and Detached Chain for the … let’s call ’em “cucumber vines”
  • Feathered Chain for the “chard” in the beefy size 3 perle cotton
  • Open Chain for the trellises (gray)
  • Zig Zag Chain for the … some other kind of climby vine vegetable! Tomatoes?
  • Woven Detached Chain for the “peppers” in a double strand of coton a broder; double strand was not the best idea in the world.¬†


The garden beds are defined by (counter clockwise):

Whipped chain (tan/brown), Chain and Reverse chain (vertical lower left, switching in the middle), Heavy Chain (horizontal lower left), Sailor Stitch (bottom, tan), Sailor’s Knot (vertical right), and —

— My own combination/variation needing a name!* (top edge) I think this combination stitch looks kind of like a jewelry chain — what do you think?

My new combination of Twisted and Reverse Chain stitch

My new combination of Twisted and Reverse Chain stitch

Continuing through the middle borders: my own variation of a double-whipped chain* (brown, vertical center), Ye Olde Basick Chaine (center horizontal) and a long, barely Twisted chain (tan, inner left.)

IMG_0258 zig zag, open chain variations

* In the spirit of experimenting, and because the already-included FIFTEEN STITCHES ¬†weren’t enough (right?) I got creative. That’s code for: I can never leave well enough alone LOL Here are the details if you want:

  • when I was working the Alternate Barred chain “corn”, I tried twisting the stitch in the opposite direction on two of the stalks, so the “leaves” appear to stick out from behind and so there is a more linear/continuous suggestion of a stalk. It’s subtle.
  • the double-whipped chain border, near the left top in dark brown, has first one edge of the stitches whipped, and then the other. It kind of pulls the stitch apart and makes it bolder; the edges have a bit more lumpy/textural appearance, too. I didn’t try it with a contrasting color, but I will be.
  • and my own creation, the two-stitch combination using both twisted, and the reverse technique. One longish twisted chain is worked, with a bit longer anchor stitch than normally needed. A short reverse chain is worked into that anchor stitch. I made it short enough that it looks roundish with my thread choice (that was my intent, anyway.) The “feet” of the next twisted chain are tucked inside and overlapping the feet of the reverse stitch. All of the entry and exit points for both types of chain stitch used are worked the same small distance away from the center stitching line.¬†

I really like the rhythm of this combo I put together — so far,¬†it is like the rhythm of a 5th grade band: a little rough but you know what it should be ūüėČ My spacing is getting better as the weeks go by, but I know I have a ways to go!

IMG_0262 corn and beans, barred chain

Making this project was a fun way to enjoy all the chain stitch variations, but with all the other creative thoughts and projects whizzing around in my house and my head, I’ll be making a boring, first-timer doodle cloth style of sampler for Couching!

Happy Stitching!



Stitch of the Week 8: Chain Stitch

Take a Stitch on Tuesday, March 5, 2013   Welcome to week 8!

This week’s stitch is Chain¬†stitch.¬†Here is the SharonB’s Stitch Dictionary pages with instructions on how to do it.

Hold onto your hats! If you think you are a chain stitch expert, be sure you look at all the variations below. Surely you will find something to brush up on, at least!

Here are the Chain stitch variations that are not future Stitches of the Week. If you like trying out variations, these would be the ones to work because you won’t see them later.¬†(For your convenience, listed here to open in a new window)

Variations in order from (in my opinion) easiest to most complex:

Note: You might recall that I put the Feathered Chain Stitch as a variation of Detached Chain Stitch, in Stitch of the Week 7

Here’s what SharonB wrote for TAST 2012 Week 8: Chain Stitch.¬†You can read her instructions and see inspiring examples there.

Please follow her procedure and put a link to your published Chain Stitch and their variations pictures in the comments of the latest TAST post here. Just click the post title, and scroll down to the comment section!

Please post the link to your Chain Stitch photos in THIS comment section if you also wish to share it here. It doesn’t matter when you get it done, because if you are following this blog, you’ll have a¬†bonus benefit…

If you miss a stitch but then are able to work it later, go ahead and¬†put your link on the¬†matching¬†Stitch of the Week post.¬†¬†Each week, I will round up ALL NEW stitch LINKS entered at this blog, whether they are from the current stitch or a past one.¬†Yours won’t be lost back there on an old Stitch of the Week post! I will put them up Monday (noon-ish PST) in a¬†weekly recap post, about 12 hours before I put up the Stitch of the Week.

Of course, I will be putting my TAST 2012 Re-run stitches right here on this blog, because that’s why I started it in the first place ūüôā

Happy Stitching!