Chain stitch (plain chain stitch)

Chain stitch is one of the oldest stitches in history of textiles. Examples of surviving Chinese chain stitch embroidery worked in silk thread have been dated to the Warring States period (5th - 3rd century BC). The earliest archaeological evidence of chain stitch embroidery dates from 1100 BC in China, excavated from royal tombs.
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Instructions 
1. Bring the needle from back to front through point (1) and pull until you reach the knot.
2. Pass the needle back through the hole you just came up.
3. Instead of pulling the stitch tight, leave it loose, to create a small loop.
4. Bring the needle from back to front through point (2) pulling the needle and thread through the loop.
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5. Pull the thread but not to tight, leaving the stitch a bit loose.
6. Pass the needle back through the hole you just came up.
7. Bring the needle from back to front through point (3). Pull the needle and thread through the previous loop.
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8. Continue stitching in this manner until the chain is complete.

To end the chain and secure the last stitch make a small running stitch above the last loop.
How to end the chain stitch

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The end of the chain stitch
    

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