Magic Chain Stitch embroidery

Magic Chain Stitch

Magic Chain Stitch is a variation of the Chain stitch, embroidered with two threads of different colors simultaneously. This technique enables embroidering a chain where every second stitch is of a different color.

Other names of the stitch

The alternative names of this hand embroidery technique are Two-color Chain stitch, Chequered Chain stitch, Alternating Chain stitch, and Magic stitch.

Applications of the Magic Stitch

Like the basic Chain Stitch, the Magic Chain Stitch is an excellent option for borders, outlines, or lettering. Two colors of the stitch add that extra flair and allow you to play with the design.

Magic Chain stitch embroidery with pink and blue floss
Magic Chain stitch embroidery with pink and blue floss
Back side of the Magic Stitch
Back side of the Magic Stitch

More stitches from the Chain Stitch family

Learn how to embroider Magic Chain Stitch

Follow the step-by-step tutorial with detailed photos below, and you will learn the Magic Stitch quickly. If you are a visual learner, watch a video lesson in the tutorial or on the Practical Embroidery YouTube channel to learn this hand embroidery stitch faster.

Magic stitch embroidery pink and blue

How to embroider Magic Chain Stitch

Step-by-step hand embroidery tutorial


1.Thread your needle with the threads of two colors. Take the needle up at your starting point.

2. Take the needle down at the same point. Leave a loop of both threads on the surface.

Magic Chain stitch Step1

3. Bring the needle up one stitch ahead and pass it through one of the loops.

Magic Chain stitch Step2

4. Pull both threads to tighten the loop. One thread will disappear – magic!

5. Take the needle down to the same hole and leave the loop of both threads.

Magic Chain stitch Step3

6. Bring the needle up one stitch ahead and pass it through one of the loops. Now, choose a loop of a different color.

Magic Chain stitch Step4

7. Pull both threads to tighten the loop. Now you have a chain of varying color.

8. Repeat the process, alternating the colors until you finish your row.

Magic Chain stitch Step5

9. To finish, make a holding stitch with both threads and secure both threads on the back.

Magic Chain stitch Step6

Video tutorial

Tools and materials I used for this sampler

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Embroidery fabric cotton linen neutral colors Etsy
Embroidery fabric
DMC Embroidery Floss Etsy
DMC Embroidery Floss
Beechwood embroidery hoops Etsy
Embroidery hoop
Bohin Embroidery Needles Etsy
Bohin Embroidery Needles
Embroidery Scissors Etsy
Embroidery Scissors

What’s next?

If you’re in the mood to explore more hand embroidery stitches, check out the Stitches and Techniques page or head to the Stitch Library A-Z for the list of other fantastic stitches available on my blog. From timeless classics to modern twists, a whole world of stitches is waiting for you to explore and master. So, grab your hoop and needle, and let’s stitch our way to creative bliss!

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The top 10 hand embroidery stitches to learn is a free online course created for beginners.

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