I’m always happy when I manage to finish up a new video tutorial for my little Video Library of Hand Embroidery Stitches. I wanted to see it get to 50 stitches long before this – but I’m almost there! I’m going to have a celebration when it hits 50 stitches. Some sort of big … something. You can all join me!
The rope stitch is a nice hand embroidery stitch, perfect for a thick, corded look, and a member (believe it or not) of the chain stitch family. It looks like overcast stitch on a slant, or trailing on a slant. It’s a great stitch for curves, so I worked it over the beginning of a curve in the video. It takes gradual curves really well, and it will take tighter curves well if you shorten your stitches and work carefully around the curve.
So there’s an up-close photo of the stitch for you. You can see at the base how the chain stitch is evident.
To begin the rope stitch, you start with a variation of twisted chain stitch. When you begin the stitch, the needle is going down into the fabric to the right of where you emerged, with your thread behind your needle, then you cross over your needle with the working thread (that’s the twisted chain part), then take the thread under your needle, and then pull through. Now, here’s the thing – from that point out, the stitch is really just a regular chain stitch! So it’s easy.
It’s a pretty strong stitch, too, as long as you aren’t taking the thread too long across the top, so that it loosens up too much. In older embroidery books (from the 1800’s), you’ll see that the stitch is often recommended in the place of cording, if the area being stitched is going to get a lot of use.
Enjoy the video! The sound’s still a bit crackly. I need new equipment!
For more hand embroidery videos, please visit my collection of how-to videos for hand embroidery, where you will find over 75 stitch videos to help you learn hand embroidery!
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