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Broad chain stitch

  • Reverse chain stitch

As its alternative name of Reverse chain stitch suggests, this stitch is a version of chain stitch which is stitched in reverse.  It starts with a small anchoring stitch through which the loop of the chain is threaded, and then each subsequent chain is stitched through the previous one.

Slightly confusingly, this stitch is not a wider version of chain stitch - see Open chain stitch.

For more information, see the entry for Chain stitch.

Broad chain stitch is generously sponsored by Marjorie Hague and Jean Cooper

Structure of stitch

Embroidery Techniques


  • Mrs Archibald Christie, Samplers and Stitches (1921) , p.43