The raised chain stitch band is a composite hand embroidery stitch, made up of two steps: first, you create a line of foundation stitches, which are just parallel straight stitches, and then you work the chain stitch over that line of foundation stitches to create a textured line of embroidery.
In the video demonstration, I’m working the raised chain stitch band with perle cotton, which works really well with this stitch. Heavier threads look best – really fine threads kind of get lost in the stitch. So wool, perle cotton, buttonhole silk, and stranded floss in bunches of three strands or more look terrific when worked up. Single strands of floss, unless you’re stitching something teeny tiny, isn’t as effective.
You can work raised chain stitch over wider foundation stitches, and work more than one line of chain stitch down the foundations, too. So if you wanted to create a ladder effect, for example, you could work wider foundation stitches, and then work the chain stitch down each side of the foundation stitches, leaving a length of the straight foundation stitches visible between the two lines of chain stitch.
When deciding how to use this stitch in your embroidery endeavors, thing in terms of heavy outlines, heavy vines and branches, anywhere you want a bold, textured line.
Here’s the video for the raised chain stitch band:
If you’d like to explore other hand embroidery stitches, feel free to check out my collection of hand embroidery how-to videos here on Needle ‘n Thread!
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