Heavy Chain Stitch is a part of the chain stitch family. It is also known as a heavy braid stitch. Like the reverse chain stitch, this stitch too follows the same pattern. It is a very beautiful stitch that looks really pretty when worked on any design.
What you will need?
- Any fabric.
- Embroidery hoop, 15cm (6″) (Bigger if you are working on a larger design) ( You can purchase a set of 6 hoops from Amazon for your basic needs.)
- Tapestry needle
- Embroidery thread (You can buy this pack of 36 shades of the DMC embroidery floss.)
How many strands of floss do you need for making the Heavy Chain Stitch?
You can use all 6 strands of the floss. But if you are working on a finer design, then start with 2 strands of floss and increase the number of strands according to your design. I have used all 6 strands for making this stitch.
Step by Step Pictorial Process of making the Heavy Braided Stitch
1. Start by working a chain stitch. Bring the thread up at point A and again take the needle from Point A to point B without taking the thread down. Loop the thread around the needle and pull the thread up.
Now we will start with the heavy chain stitch. Insert the needle from point C to point D as shown above. We will start working in the reverse direction now.
2. Pull the thread up and now insert the needle at the small stitch that has formed on top of the chain stitch as shown above.
3. Pull the thread and insert from point D to point E.
4. Again, insert the needle between the two chains without piercing the fabric.
5. Continue working in a similar fashion for the rest of the pattern.
Tips for working the Heavy Chain Stitch
- This stitch works in the reverse pattern.
- Knowing Chain Stitch will help in working this stitch easily.
What is this stitch used for?
- It can be used for making stems, trunks or filling any pattern with it.
- This stitch can also be replaced with a chain stitch for a more heavier and richer feel.
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More stitches tutorials:
- Stem Stitch
- Chain Stitch
- Running Stitch
- French Knot
- Lazy Daisy
- Back Stitch
- Cable Chain Stitch
- Fly Stitch
- Bullion Knot
- Woven Trellis Stitch
- Long And Short Stitch
Check out the video tutorial below
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