Twisted Chain Stitch Embroidery Tutorial

Twisted chain stitch is a variation of the basic Chain Stitch. While both are comprised of connected loops that form a chain-like line, twisted chain differs in that the loop is twisted in the middle. This is one of those simple and useful stitches that you will find yourself returning to again and again.

Twisted Chain Stitch Embroidery Tutorial

Twisted Chain Stitch Step-By-Step

Twisted chain stitch is worked from right to left or bottom to top. For this example, I am stitching a straight line from bottom to top. Start by bringing the needle to the front at the beginning of your line (Point A). Pull it all the way through and then re-insert just to the left of the line (Point B). Bring the needle back out on the line one stitch length away (Point C). Don’t pull the thread all the way through yet.

Twisted Chain Stitch Embroidery Tutorial

Next, wrap the working thread around the needle in a clockwise direction.

Twisted Chain Stitch Embroidery Tutorial

Pull the needle all the way through. You now have your first twisted chain.

Form the second loop in the chain by inserting the needle to the left of the previous loop (point D) and then bringing it back out on the line one stitch length away (point E).

Twisted Chain Stitch Embroidery Tutorial

Once again, loop the thread around the needle and pull it all the way through. Now your chain has two twisted loops.

Twisted Chain Stitch Embroidery Tutorial

Continue stitching in this fashion until you reach the desired length. To end the stitch, simply insert the needle at the top of the last loop to anchor it in place.

Twisted Chain Stitch Embroidery Tutorial

Twisted Chain is a great stitch for straight borders, wavy lines or shape outlines.

Twisted Chain Stitch Embroidery Tutorial

More Embroidery Tutorials from the Chain Stitch Family:

Chain Stitch
Heavy Chain Stitch
Lazy Daisy Stitch

2 Responses

  1. Cindy Wingler
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    These tutorials are such a big help!! This COVID situation has me out of a job and making masks for family members and friends. Embroidering them makes them unique to the person. Trying to find transfer patterns has been a challenge though. Thank you so much!!!

    • Amanda
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      I am so happy that you are finding the tutorials useful! I absolutely love the idea of adding embroidery to masks. Keep on stitching!

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