Posts Tagged 'magic chain stitch'

checkered chain band

Posted by on 25 Jul 2009 | Category:

This stitch is a little complicated, but not too difficult to learn. Here, we use two different threads to make chain stitches over a foundation row of straight stitches. So, the visual effect would be an embossed magical chain stitch. Multiple rows of checkered chains can be done over a broader foundation of staright stitch to give a chess board appearance or a filling effect. For the sake of this lesson, though, I will be doing only one row over a narrow foundation of straight stitches.

The knowledge of magic chain stitch could be helpful, though not a must. This stitch requires more patience I feel since we are dealing with two colors of thread using two needles, alternately, in the same journey. I will work the straight stitch foundation from top to bottom, but the chian stitches will be worked from bottom to top for the sake of this lesson. You would require two needles with two contrasting threads. The threads need to be doubled in each needle, unlike the single threads we generally work with. This makes the making of chain easier to manage.


raised_chain_band_1   Fig 1: We start by making a foundation row of straight stitches. The stitches are done between two parallel stitch lines. We draw the thread from A-B, C-D, E-F and so on.
checkered_chain_band_1           checkered_chain_band_2
Fig 2: No, I take my first doubled thread and bring it out from the bottom of the first straight stitch bar.
Then, I take the needle over the first stitch bar, and beneath the second stitch bar. This makes the first ‘loop’ of the checkered chain. The chain will become clearer as we bring in the next thread.
  Fig 3: Bring out the next thread from the bottom of the second straight stitch bar. When you bring it out, split the first thread. It is this splitting that gives the loop effect.
checkered_chain_band_3   checkered_chain_band_4
Fig 4: Next, we have to make a loop with the second thread, so, now, we split the second thread with the first one.   Fig 5: Then, we take the second thread beneath the third straight stitch bar. This ‘locks’ or tightens the new ‘loop’ in place.
checkered_chain_band_5   checkered_chain_band_6
Fig 6: We continue this procedure of spliting the threads alternately and locking them by taking it beneath the next straight stitch bar. Once you get the idea of the stitch, it is not difficult to do. Just remember nto to pluck the fabric beneath when you work with the two needles.   Fig 7: When finished, you should get a pattern like this.

magic chain stitch

Posted by on 19 Apr 2009 | Category:

Also known as : chequered chain stitch

This is a little tricky for the first time doers. So be careful not to twine the threads too much in the process, and keep slow pace and patience. Magic chain stitch is a wonderful stitch, which uses two (or more) colors alternately to form the chain sequence. Check the notes at the end of this lesson for tips while doing this stitch.

You need to know the chain stitch to be able to do this. I will be working over a curvy stitch line with three strands of pink and purple threads each.

Fig 1: Use two colored threads of equal thickness and pull it through one needle.
magic_chain_stich_2   magic_chain_stich_3
Fig 2: Since this follows the chain  stitch procedure, position the needle the way we would in chain stitch, as shown above.   Fig 3: Now, loop ONLY the first color of thread around the needle. I have looped the purple thread first.
magic_chain_stich_4   magic_chain_stich_5
Fig 4: Pull out the needle to get one loop of the first color.   Fig 5: Now, put in the needle for the next loop, as we would in chain stitch.
magic chain stitch 6   magic chain stitch 7
Fig 6: Loop around the second color this time.   Fig 7: Pull out the needle and you will see a loop of the second color.
magic chain stitch 8
Fig 8: Continue the process of this chain stitching, looping each color alternatley, to get a pattern like shown above.

In the process, you will notice that the threads might get twined. So, take time and patience to untwine it before continuing.

One tip I can suggest to avoid any twining or frustrations is this: When pulling out the needle after looping the thread, try to first take out the needle completely, but don’t pull out the threads completely. Now, using your fingers, pull out the unlooped color first and then the looped color. This way, both threads get enough space to pull themselves out without twining into each other.

So, for instance, take the Fig 6 of the lesson. We have looped the pink thread. Now we pull out the needle from the fabric, then use our fingers to pull out only the purple thread first. You will see that it disappears  into the fabric. Now, pull the pink thread to tighten the pink loop. The work comes out neat and less complicated this way.   

Try doing magic chain stitch with three colored threads. 😀