Chain Stitch

chainstitch3If you want to draw a really thick line on your quilt top with thread, use the Chain Stitch. This linked stitch starts out like the Lazy Daisy Stitch but attaches to the previous stitch to form a line or chain of stitches. Here you see the Chain Stitch forming bulky cumulus clouds above the tree tops on a stormy day.

chainstitch4Here’s how I make the Chain Stitch: Exit the fabric at point A. Insert the needle right next to point A at point B. Take a short stitch (about 1/4?) and exit the fabric at point C.

chainstitch5Trap the thread under the needle.

chainstitch6Draw the needle and thread through the fabric creating a loop.

chainstitch1Insert the needle tip at point D to the right of point C and inside the loop.

chainstitch2Exit the thread at a new point C (about 1/4” from D). Repeat the steps above to make a chain of loops connected at the CD point.

After you do a lot of Chain Stitches you can become a member of the Chain Gang. This is a group of embroiderers who are doing time for letting their knots show on the back of their work.

6 thoughts on “Chain Stitch

  1. Thank you for the refresher on the chain stitch with the very effective visual aid. I can almost picture the soldiers marching out of the castle following that banner during a colorful sunrise. The variegated thread makes the clouds very realistic.

  2. This is my favorite stitch! It can make a nice line, fill in areas, keeps a lot of thread on the surface, and it is very sturdy if you are making something washable.
    It is also the only stitch I can remember how to do without checking a diagram! lol

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