Chain stitch is certainly true to it’s name with it’s interlocking loops of thread that end up looking just like a, you guessed it, chain.
This stitch works well as an outline and flows around curves easily. If you stitch multiple rows next to each other, you will see a cool textured filling emerge.
Bring your needle up at your starting point and then go down at the same point.
Don’t pull your thread all the way through here. Leave a small loop like in the picture above.
Bring your needle up a stitch length away from where you started and inside your loop. As you pull your thread through your loop will get smaller. Keep pulling until your loop rests against your working thread. If you pull too tight you will lose the chain and if you leave it too loose it will be floppy.
To start your next stitch you will repeat what you did for your first stitch. Your needle goes down right where it came up.
Make sure you leave your loop to come back up inside and continue stitching along your line.
When you are ready to end your line bring your needle up through your loop. Instead of your needle going back down where it came up, make a small stitch over your loop to tack it down. You can see the small stitch in the picture above on the left.
As always, please ask me any questions if you get stuck.