How do you sew a Detached Chain Stitch?

Detached Chain Stitch is one of the most versatile stitches in my opinion. It can be used for so many different things from highly detailed work to a background around text.

It’s most common uses are for leaves and petals, they can be layered up or left as a single stitch to create many different effects.


To start a detached chain stitch, pull the needle and thread up through the fabric, then insert the needle back into the same place.


Pulling the thread through leaving a long loop. Bring the needle back up the fabric a short distance away from the first stitch


Create a tiny stitch to hold the loop in place.


You have just made your first detached chain stitch. Now you can carry on or tie the stitch off depending on your project.

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Have you tried hand embroidery before?

If not, why not try one of our Embroidery kits. They include everything you need to get started.

Don’t worry they all come with step by step guides to help you with the stitches you are unfamiliar with.

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