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Rosette Chain Stitch Video Tutorial


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Here’s a video tutorial for another hand embroidery stitch – the rosette chain stitch.

This is one of those embroidery stitches that I have always thought looks complicated in diagrams. It’s a whole lot easier when you see someone work it!

The rosette chain stitch is much like the oyster stitch, but it’s worked in a line, around curves, etc. The oyster stitch is more often seen individually.

You can curve this stitch really nicely around borders. You can work it close together, so that your line comes out looking like a tight, textured braiding, or you can space them out, to get a bumpy, scalloped-looking line. You can work it in circles:

However you decide to work it, the rosette chain is a nice stitch – and once you get the hang of it, it’s quick, too.

In the video, I’m using Trebizond (twisted silk). Perle cotton works great for this stitch, but really, you can use any thread – the finer the thread, the more delicate the effect.

For more embroidery stitch videos, please visit my collection of how-to videos for hand embroidery.

Have fun with it!

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  1. Hi, your videos of embroidery stitches is very helpful and I would like to download/save them to my windows media player but it is not working. If it is supposed to not be saved then do you have a dvd of them? Or how do I save? Thank You.

    1. Hi, Stacy – The videos are not able to be saved to your computer, I’m afraid. Right now, they’re not available on DVD, but perhaps by the end of this year they will be – it’s a project I’ve been working on for a while!


  2. Working on the Rosette stitch – following video and seems the thread between the twisted chain stitch is tending to come down. Am I pulling something too tightly? Sometimes too sloppy.
    Thank you,

    1. Thank you. I have been practicing the Rosette Chain Stitch and your comment has corrected my problem. My tendency is to stitch too tightly and very small so close attention on my part is needed.

      Your videos are my “go to” so thank you for your help.


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