Zig Zag Chain stitch hand embroidery

Zig Zag Chain stitch

Zig Zag Chain stitch is a beautiful hand embroidery stitch that creates a decorative and textured pattern. It is a variation of the basic Chain stitch. We can use this hand embroidery stitch in various applications to add depth and visual interest to embroidery projects.

Zig Zag Chain stitch front and back sides
Zig Zag Chain stitch front and back sides

Applications of the Zig Zag Chain stitch

Zigzag chain stitch can be used in a wide range of embroidery projects, such as:

  • Outlines and borders: Use this hand embroidery stitch to outline shapes or create decorative borders on fabric.
  • Filling areas: Zigzag chain stitches can fill shapes or spaces with textured patterns.
  • Embellishments: This stitch can add decorative elements and details to embroidered designs.
  • As a part of complex decorative borders.

How to embroider Zig Zag Chain stitch

How to embroider Zig Zag Chain stitch - step by step
How to embroider Zig Zag Chain stitch - step by step

  • Mark two parallel lines on your fabric.
  • Bring the needle up through the material from the backside at the starting point of your stitch (on the lower line you just marked).
  • Insert the needle back into the fabric at the same spot, creating a small loop.
  • Bring the needle up through the material again, on the top line, one stitch to the right, inside the loop you just created. The angle of the diagonal will determine the zigzag pattern.
  • Continue making diagonal stitches, moving between marked lines, ensuring that each stitch is slanted in the opposite direction from the previous stitch. This will create the zigzag effect.
  • Repeat steps until you’ve completed your desired length or shape.
  • To end the stitch, secure the last loop by passing the needle through it and gently pulling it tight.

More variations of the Chain stitch

Video tutorial

If you are a visual learner, watch a video tutorial below or on the Practical Embroidery YouTube channel. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced embroiderer, this tutorial will guide you through the process of creating this decorative hand embroidery stitch.

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What’s next?

Looking for some other stitch? Head to this blog’s Stitches and Techniques page and choose the stitch you want to learn!

N.B. Some links may take you to the Easy To Make Designs blog. This is my older hand embroidery blog. While I’m dedicating all of my energy to the Practical Embroidery blog, the previous version still has a lot of great content!