Learn to make a rosette chain stitch for your embroidery projects.

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Designer: Sue Spargo

Materials

  • Perle cotton Nos. 5 and 3
  • Chenille needle Nos. 24 and 18

Rosette Chain Stitch

1.    Thread 18" length of perle cotton No. 5 on No. 24 chenille needle and sew a row of rosette chain stitches around the circle appliqué edge. To begin, pull the needle up at A at the edge of the appliqué (Diagram 1). Insert needle tip into the fabric at B (1⁄8" to right of A) and bring it up again at C (1⁄8" above B). Do not pull needle through.

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2.    Wrap the thread behind needle counterclockwise, making a loop (Diagram 2). With your left thumb holding the loop in place, pull the needle through (Diagram 3).

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3.    Working from top of loop just formed, pass needle under left lower portion of stitch (just to the right of A) (Diagram 4).

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4.    With your left thumb on the stitch, pull needle through to make a rosette (Diagram 5).

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5.    Moving 1⁄8" to the right of B, make another vertical stitch, inserting needle tip at D (Diagram 6) and bringing it up again at E (1⁄8" above D). Wrap thread counterclockwise behind needle. Holding loop in place as before, pull needle through to make a rosette (Diagram 7).

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6.    Pass needle under thread between rosettes (Diagram 8). Holding second stitch in place, pull needle through to complete rosette chain stitch (Diagram 9).

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7.    Repeat to make rosette chain stitches around entire appliqué edge. Using perle cotton No. 3 and No. 18 chenille needle, repeat in center of appliqué to make a circle of stitches 1/4" apart and 1/4" long.