Use the Chain Stitch to create thick lines of thread on fabric. This linked stitch starts out like the Lazy Daisy Stitch but attaches to the previous stitch to form a line or chain of stitches.
Make shapes with the Chain Stitch like bulky cumulus clouds soaring above the tree tops on a stormy day.
Or place rows of Chain Stitches close together to conceal the background fabric completely like the tree trunk in the Silk Stitch-Along Embroidered Garden tutorial.
Here’s how to 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 bring the tip of the needle up at point C.
Trap the thread under the needle.
Draw the needle and thread through the fabric creating a loop.
Insert the needle tip at point D to the right of point C and inside the loop.
Exit 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.