Working hand embroidery in Chain Stitch provides so much texture and line to your work! Thread choices, of course, make all the difference in how a finished stitch looks – fine lines vs. bold. Versatility is one of the lovelies of this stitch.
When stitched tightly, this stitch produces nice contour on curved lines, as well as provide a relatively dense fill design. Alternatively, stitch larger chains that create interesting texture and open space for a lacier line. If you vary the size of your stitches and types of threads, then you can create your own innovative designs. Chain Stitch is sometimes called Point de Chainette or Tambour Stitch.
The Chain Stitch is in the family of closed loop embroidery stitches, sometimes called the linked stitch family. It can outline, add a border or fill in a space. This easy stitch is perfect for straight or curved lines, lettering and spiraling. Close rows can fill spaces. The simple chain stitch is one of the simplest and most effective ways to follow an outline. It is worked from top down.
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This example of the hand and heart uses chain stitch as both line and fill.
The following sample shows the chain stitch in a variety of threads.
- Row 1: Pearl cotton size 12
- Row 2: Pearl cotton size 8
- Row 3: Pearl cotton size 5
- Row 4: Pearl cotton variegated size 5
- Row 5: Pearl cotton variegated size 3
- Row 6: 6 strand embroidery floss
- Row 7: 2 strand embroidery floss
- Row 8: 1 strand embroidery floss
- Row 9: 1/4″ silk ribbon
Here is another small sampler of the chain stitch.
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If you like the Chain Stitch, check out Do a Perfect Split Stitch for another fun outline stitch.
Check out the Create Whimsy embroidery page with lots more project ideas and stitches!