Chain stitch is a popular stitch in sewing and embroidery. A series of
looped stitches form a chain. It can be used decoratively and
constructively. Also known as tambour stitch and point de chainette,
there are several variations of chain stitch. Its use has a long history
and is widespread, throughout the world. It is believed to have
originated in Persia and India, where it is worked with the aid of a
fine hook known as an 'ari'. In the west this tool which looks like a
crochet hook, is known as a 'tambour' hook.
Chain stitch is simple to work. Bring the needle up through the fabric
and hold the thread with the left thumb. Insert the needle back into
where it first came out. Take the needle through the fabric bringing the
point of the needle out a short space along the line to be stitched.
With the thread wrapped under the needle point pull the needle through