Barred Chain Stitch

a member of the chain stitch family

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a step by step illustration of barred chain stitch

To work Barred chain stitch you need to be familiar with chain stitch and twisted chain stitch. It is easy if you know these two for it is simply a single chain stitch followed by a twisted chain stitch.

This pattern is repeated as you work down the line. Turn your work so that you are sewing in a downward line.

As a stitch barred chain follows a curve well producing a thorny line.

A large variety of threads can be used from the finest silk to ribbon, the size of the stitch will be influenced by the weight of the thread used and your spacing.

It is also a stitch easily worked on all types of fabrics and equally effective when worked in straight lines or following curves. This means it is ideal for those who are interested in Crazy quilting. This is a stitch that looks interesting in over dyed multicolour threads.

step 2 of a step by step illustration of barred chain stitch

Since its appeal is based on its textured nature it can be successfully combined with other textured stitches such as buttonhole bars and knots such as French knots, Colonial knot and Bullion knot.

Combine other textured stitches with explorations varying the length of the spines on the twisted chain, or the size of the chain, spacing of the spines, width of the line, weight and texture of the thread, and this should keep most contemporary embroiderers intrigued.

Chain stitch Family:

There are many other stitches in this group. The stitches that I have listed here in the chain stitch family are: