Sinhalese Chain stitch is another variation of the chain stitch family. It has a striking resemblance to the open chain stitch, but actually has a different approach to making this stitch. We will work with two contrasting color floss for better understanding.
What you will need?
- Any fabric.
- Embroidery hoop, 15cm (6″) (Bigger if you are working on a larger design) ( You can purchase a set of 6 hoops from Amazon for your basic needs.)
- Tapestry needle
- Embroidery thread (You can buy this pack of 36 shades of the DMC embroidery floss.)
How many strands of floss do you need for making the Sinhalese Chain Stitch?
You can use all 6 strands of the floss. But if you are working on a finer design, then start with 2 strands of floss and increase the number of strands according to your design. I have used Perle Cotton with 1 strand for laying the base and 6 strands for making the contrasting color.
Step by Step Pictorial Process of making the Sinhalese Chain Stitch
1. Start by bringing two separate sets of floss on the fabric at the desired distance. You can either leave the edges of the strands as it is or secure them at the end of the pattern. If you are working on a straight line, then you can secure the strands but if you are working on a curved pattern, then it will be better to leave as it is for free form.
2. Bring the contrasting color floss at point A. Keeping the needle under the first set of floss, bring the floss to the other side.
3. Insert the needle from point B to point C as shown in the picture above.
4. Again, take the needle from below the first set of floss.
5. Insert the needle from point D to point E as shown above. Pull the needle up and keep working in a similar fashion for the rest of the design.
Tips for working the Sinhalese Chain Stitch
- Knowing the open chain stitch will help to work this stitch easily.
What is this stitch used for?
- This stitch can be used for many decorative embroidery stitches and flowers.
- it can be used as a beautiful stem or for borders.
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Check out the video tutorial below
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