Butterfly Chain Stitch

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Butterfly chain stitch is a cute border stitch that is done with a row of chains on a base of straight stitches.

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Stitch a row of parallel straight stitches.

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Note how I have made groups of 3 stitches. For each butterfly I will use 3 straight stitches.

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For the chain stitch, I will be using a contrasting colored thread. Bring the needle up like shown below.

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Pass the needle below 3 straight stitches.

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Bring the working thread above and then below the needle. This is similar to how we loop the thread around the needle in chain stitch.

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First butterfly is ready. In this example, I am showing a string of butterfly stitches but you can also stitch just one butterfly or scatter a few individual butterflies in your embroidery design.

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Pass needle under the next batch of straight stitches.

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Bring working thread above and then below the needle.

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Second butterfly is done.

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Repeat the steps.

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This is a variation of this stitch. The straight stitches need not always be the same length.

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The chain is stitched using the same method.

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The two stitches are shown side by side. Which one do you like?

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