Rope stitch is an outline / border stitch that looks like a twisted rope. It can be used to add texture to surface embroidery. I fell in love with this stitch the minute I set my eyes on it.
This stitch is a variation of the chain stitch so knowing how to stitch the twisted chain stitch will be helpful.
Bring the needle up at 1. Usually, to stitch a chain stitch, we will go back down at 1 and come back at 3. But since we are doing a twisted chain stitch, go down at 2 and come back up at 3.
Wrap the working thread above and then below the needle. A twisted chain stitch is made.
Place the next chain slightly to the side of the previous chain like shown below.
Repeat the steps.
This stitch can be worked as a straight line or as curves.
I think it looks lovely in curves.
I like the height this stitch has. You can use it in 3D embroidery patterns.