The Kettle Stitch

“Kettle” from the German word for “Chain”

This is a simple knot used at the end of a multi-section sewing to secure the end of the thread firmly.  It is related to the chain link stitch that we use in the Coptic sewing but has an extra move that helps to fix the thread and stop it unravelling.

Use it twice at the end of a multi-section sewing structure.

You can also use it at the start of the sewing – leave a 15cm piece of thread at the start and come back to it after you have tied off the end. Just rethread the needle, flip the pages and kettle twice again.

The kettle stitch moves :  “back, behind and under”


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