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Embroidery Video Tutorial: Cable Chain Stitch


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The Cable Chain Stitch is one of the many, many variations of chain stitch – but this one differs a little bit from the rest, because it really does look like a real chain.

Cable Chain Stitch

You can see in the photo above, worked in purple perle cotton, the cable chain stitch. The stitch is made up of round links (actually chain stitches) joined by small straight stitches.

The cable chain stitch can be worked practically anywhere a chain stitch can be worked along a line. It takes straight lines, curves, and tight curves well, though admittedly, it’s a little more fiddly to work around tight curves.

Here’s the video for the cable chain stitch. I hope you find it helpful!

If you’re looking for more hand embroidery stitches, feel free to check out my collection of embroidery how-to videos here on Needle ‘n Thread!

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  1. This site is wonderful! I have a great book of embroidery stitches, but your videos make it so much easier to understand! Thanks so much.

  2. Whenever I get stumped by the instructions in a book, I quickly surf over to your Video Library of Stitches. You make it look so easy! In fact, I've been know to, a-hem, yell that to the screen "It's not as easy as she makes it look!" Thank you so much for all the wonderful instruction you provide.

  3. we especially like the video where you go “nice and snug” 🙂 it makes us laugh. our textiles eacher used it to show us how to finish off the stitch without knotting. XD

    we od like your voice 🙂

  4. this website is so useful for beginners.I used to be a novice in hand embroidery but now iam quite capable because of this website

  5. I did the chain stitch wrong, so it looks like figure eights or little fishies all lined up in a row connected by a line. Is this a style of stitch already? I don’t have a phone, so I can’t take pictures of my work. Please help! Also, this website is pretty awesome ~ <3!!!

  6. What a find your tutorials are – so helpful and easy to follow.

    What a find your tutorials are. I find beginners are delighted to be able to see such clear demonstrations and hear concise spoken instructions which we use as a follow to class.
    And I have learnt a thing or two as well!
    Many thanks,

  7. Hello! Love your site! It’s always so helpful. I’m wondering what the stitch in red is in the picture. I’ve been trying to find it on your site but I’m not sure what to search for and there’s just so much info on here! Thank you.

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