Learn to: EMBROIDERY – reverse chain stitch

The reverse chain stitch in embroidery looks pretty much the same as your regular chain stitch. But I find that this is an easier stitch to use when trying to achieve a neat finish on smaller pieces of work. I have not gone through the chain stitch itself because I pretty much never use it. But if anyone would like me to show it, I can 🙂

Check out the previous posts to this series:

HOW TO: EMBROIDERY – 1. prepping the hoop

HOW TO: EMBROIDERY – 2. running stitch

HOW TO: EMBROIDERY – 3. back stitch

So here is how I do my reverse chain stitch:


1. Cut a piece of embroidery thread/floss no longer than around 40cm. You could make it longer, but it will be a little cumbersome to deal with. Thread one side of the thread through the embroidery needle and pull through around 5-10cm of the thread. Tie a knot at the other end of the floss.



2. Thread your piece of floss through the back of your work until the knot stops you going any further. The thread your floss through the front of the work. The length is up to you. I like to work on small hoops so my running stitch tends to be around 5mm long each.



3. Thread your need through the back of your work again and pull the floss all the way through. Then thread the needle through the previous stitch loop.



4. Pull your floss all the way through again. The thread your needle into the last stitch hole as shown above. Pull the floss all the way through.


5. Now that you’ve created your first chain stitch, you can repeat the previous steps.. Thread the needle from the back of your work again.


6. Like before thread the needle through the loop on the previous stitch. In the first stitch it is a running stitch, but from now on it will be a double loops from first chain stitch.


7. Pull the floss as the way through and thread the needle through the last stitch like before. Above I’ve shown that I haven’t pulled the floss all the way through. This is only to show you where the threads are going.


Once finished, and you’ve knotted the thread at the back of your work, this is what it should look like.

The chain stitch and reverse chain stitch is a favourite for many embroiderers as you can outline and fill in designs with the one stitch and everything looks super neat!

Stay tuned for more stitches!

LOve <3