UPDATE: Originally I wrote this post in February 2014 as a tutorial series. However, I recently felt that it would be great to vamp this series up and add some new insights of my own, picture examples and a pinterest board to get in the mood to start stitching! So if you are reading this in 2016 and later: Hello! You are reading the better and improved version
Number 3 in this series of 7 basic embroidery stitches is the chain stitch. This stitch can be used as a line stitch or to fill whole areas with embroidery. You can substitute back stitch with chain stitch in most line stitching patterns easily.
Here is how it works:
A technique using chain stitch as basic stitch is Zalakdozi (or kashmiri) from India. The outlines and the fillings are done in colorful chain stitches with a hook, instead of a needle. It basically is crocheting on fabric.
Many artists use the chain stitch as a dominant stitch. It’s dual purpose of filling whole areas AND making a clean outline open up a lot of possibilities.
Two patterns of mine using the chain stitch:
Wait, there is more! Here are some great examples of embroidery featuring the CHAIN STITCH curated in a Pinterest board: