Chain-stitching is a method of embroidering, by which the stitches resemble a chain.


An embroidery needle, embroidery silk, and a strip of cloth.

1. Work towards you, holding the cloth over the left forefinger.

2. Draw the needle through from underneath at the upper end, a short distance from the edge.

3. Holding the thread to the left with the thumb, insert the needle where the thread comes out, and bring it through one-eighth of an inch below, and over the thread to form the loop.

4. Continue in this manner, always inserting the needle inside the loop of the last stitch, and being careful to take the same number of threads on the needle for each stitch.


Chain-stitching is often used for outlining a pattern.