Butterfly chain stitch is a cute border stitch that is done with a row of chains on a base of straight stitches.
Stitch a row of parallel straight stitches.
Note how I have made groups of 3 stitches. For each butterfly I will use 3 straight stitches.
For the chain stitch, I will be using a contrasting colored thread. Bring the needle up like shown below.
Pass the needle below 3 straight stitches.
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.
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.
Pass needle under the next batch of straight stitches.
Bring working thread above and then below the needle.
Second butterfly is done.
Repeat the steps.
This is a variation of this stitch. The straight stitches need not always be the same length.
The chain is stitched using the same method.
The two stitches are shown side by side. Which one do you like?