The Chevron embroidery stitch is great for decorative bands and can be used with other stitches to make a great combination embroidery stitch. It is used for lines, borders and fillings on your embroidery projects. It is stitched between two parallel lines, best about 1/4″ apart.
Here is how to make the Chevron Embroidery Stitch
The Chevron Stitch is worked left to right. Bring you needle up at the beginning of your lower left line at A (see below). Insert your needle at B, a little to the right. Then, bring the needle back up at C (see below), halfway between A and B.
Pull the thread through. Move to the top line. Insert your needle diagonally into D on the upper line, coming out at E. D will be the middle of the next top stitch.
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Bring your needle back in the fabric at F and back out at G (where D came up) to form to the top of this Chevron. E and F form the total length, with D & G in the middle to form the top of the triangle.
From G, back to the lower line and insert your needle at H, which will be the middle of the next stitch, and up at I.
Insert your needle at J and back up at K, which is where you brought up the needle for H. Again, K & H are the middle of this lower edge of the stitch.
You’ll get on a roll. Just make sure that you insert the needles in the middle of the upper and lower stitches, and keep your stitches as even as you can. This stitch goes quickly and makes a great statement stitch for borders, lines or fillings. Here is the final line for my sample, before removing the marks.
I like to use a Frixiron pen for marking. They make great marks and I haven’t found a fabric that they don’t easily come out of (always test a sample first).
And, the finished Chevron embroidery stitch with the markings removed. (With a Frixiron pen, just a little bit of steam from your iron and the marks disappear!)
Here is another sample I made using a variegated thread. This time I used the water soluble markers to mark the lines on the fabric.
To embroider the basic Chevron stitch, begin by taking a stitch the full width of your stitches that will define the top and bottom of the Chevron stitch, and bringing your needle back up in the middle of the stitch.
Take a stitch to the upper line, to the middle of the upper line, and take a small stitch to the left, which will be half of the length of the upper line.
Then put your needle in at the full length of the upper line, and bring it back up at the middle.
Then, sew a stitch to the middle of the bottom line, taking a small stitch to the left.
Then, bringing the needle to the right and back up at center.
It took a while to get in a groove, but once I figured out that the upper and lower line stitches are worked on either side of the diagonal stitches, it was a quick an easy stitch.
Here is the finished sample of the Chevron embroidery stitch using a variegated pearl cotton.
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