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How To Embroider The Reverse Chain Stitch - A Video Tutorial

The reverse chain stitch it one of my favorite stitches. Not only does it add texture and dimension to an embroidery, but it also reminds me of a warm chunky sweater. The reverse chain stitch is chain links in a row. When in a single row they can look like a bracelet, and when stitches in a large section can look like knitting. Watch how how we'll be using the reverse chain stitch in the Stained Glass Sampler embroidery pattern in the video tutorial below. See the stitch step-by-step in the instructional tutorial.

You can learn all the different stitches we'll use to create this design and stitch along with us. Get the Stained Glass Sampler embroidery pattern here or join Pattern Club.

Video Tutorial:

Step-by-Step Tutorial:

1. To start the reverse chain stitch, make one short back stitch in the direction you want your chain to be stitched.

2. From the back side of the fabric, space out one stitches length away from the end of the back stitch. Then bring your needle and thread up through the fabric.

3. Pass the needle perpendicularly under the back stitch so the thread goes underneath it.

4. Pull the thread all the way though so that the thread is flush with the fabric and bring your needle back down through the hole of the stitch you just made. This will make a small chain (loop) around your back stitch.

5. Continue adding links to the row. Each row of the reverse chain stitch starts with a back stitch and then the rest of the stitches are chains (loops) that link to the previous stitch. When adding each additional chain, be sure to bring your needle under both strands of the chain.


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