Chain Stitch Tutorial


Thursday’s Child

Designed by Fiona Wynne of Australia, this adorable boy’s romper – “Thursday’s Child” – from issue #93 of Australian Smocking & Embroidery is perfect for special occasions. The crisp cotton pique design is exquisite, but the magic is all in the details: white on white smocking sprinkled with pale baby blue beads, blue satin mini piping and a trail of chain stitch and detached chain leaves on the collar, sleeve and leg bands.


The trailing vine of chain stitch can be seen here on the collar and sleeve.

The chain stitch is one of the most versatile of all the basic embroidery stitches, and can be used as a broad textured outline or worked in closely positioned rows to fill a shape. Follow the tutorial from AS&E below to master chain stitch (take care not to pull the loops too tight!), and check out issue #93 of the magazine for the pattern (sizes 3, 6 and 12 months) and complete how-to for making this darling little outfit.


1. Bring the thread to the front at A. Take the needle to the back through the same hole. Re-emerge at B, ensuring the thread is under the tip of the needle.

2. Pull the thread through until the loop begins to tighten around the thread.


3. Continue pulling until the loop rests gently on the emerging thread. Take the needle from B to C to complete the first stitch and to begin the second stitch.

4. Continue stitching in the same manner for the required distance. To secure the last stitch, take the needle to the back just below the last loop.

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Happy Sewing,