Chain stitch instructions

Chain stitch is easy once you get the hang of it, and it looks lovely as a decorative outline stitch for hand embroidery.

Here’s how to do it:

chain stitch step 1-01-01

Stitch up through the fabric

chain stitch step 2-01-01

Push the needle back through the fabric, but make sure you don’t pull it too tight so you are leaving a little loop.

chain stitch step 3-01-01

Bring the needle back up through the fabric just below the top of the loop – like shown

chain stitch step 4-01-01

Push the needle back through the fabric catching the top of the loop underneath the stitch to secure it in place.

giff step 12-01

Repeat these step to create the chain effect. You can try changing the size of the loops to make the chains longer or shorter.

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