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Chain Stitch Embroidery

How to do the chain stitch

The chain stitch is a fun and versatile embroidery stitch that can be used for outlining, adding a border, or filling hand embroidery designs.

Its name reflects its appearance as each stitch is connected to the next just like links in a chain. A detached chain stitch is created using the same technique as the chain stitch only each link is separate and singular. The detached chain stitch is used when stitching the lazy daisy stitch, and this is most often used to construct the petals of flowers or leaves on vines.

You can use the chain stitch to outline a design in place of a back stitch, split stitch or running stitch to give the design more depth and texture, or use it to create a border to frame a design. Personally, the chain stitch is one of my favorite stitches to use for outlining, filling and lettering in hand embroidery. Let’s take a closer look!


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