Magic Chain Stitch

Also known as : Chequered Chain Stitch

This is a little tricky for the first time doers. So be careful not to twine the threads too much in the process, and keep slow pace and patience. Magic chain stitch is a wonderful stitch, which uses two (or more) colors alternately to form the chain sequence. Check the notes at the end of this lesson for tips while doing this stitch.

You need to know the chain stitch to be able to do this. I will be working over a curvy stitch line with three strands of pink and purple threads each.

Fig 1: Use two colored threads of equal thickness and pull it through one needle.
Fig 2: Since this follows the chain stitch procedure, position the needle the way we would in chain stitch, as shown above. Fig 3: Now, loop ONLY the first color of thread around the needle. I have looped the purple thread first.
Fig 4: Pull out the needle to get one loop of the first color. Fig 5: Now, put in the needle for the next loop, as we would in chain stitch.
Fig 6: Loop around the second color this time. Fig 7: Pull out the needle and you will see a loop of the second color.
Fig 8: Continue the process of this chain stitching, looping each color alternatley, to get a pattern like shown above.
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40 Responses

  1. Hi I am learn hand embroidery

  2. shikhaa Mauritius Google Chrome Windows says:

    thank a lot it help me in my project it is more creative thx a lot .. 🙂 (y)

  3. marie Iran (ISLAMIC Republic Of) Google Chrome Windows says:

    Thanks a lot for your best site.

  4. Vijaya India Google Chrome Windows says:

    Hi ! Sarah ! Great work! I am a beginner and even my daughter took interest on working this after seeing your blog. We both will practice. Thank you!

  5. bhavika India Google Chrome Windows says:

    hi sarah,
    can you tel me which stiches are used in banjara or rabari embroidery…..like filling flowers etc please

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