Whipped chain stitch hand embroidery stitch

Whipped chain stitch

Whipped Chain Stitch is a versatile and elegant embroidery stitch that adds a touch of dimension and texture to your creations. This beautiful variation of the classic Chain stitch offers a seamless way to elevate your hand embroidery projects.

There are several ways to add whipping stitches to the Chain stitch – single whip, double whip, or half whip. Besides that, you can change the colors of the threads for the Chain stitch and whipping stitches and combine different color combinations to create intriguing patterns.

Whipped chain stitch front and back viewWhipped chain stitch front and back view

Applications of the Whipped Chain stitch

The versatility of the Whipped chain stitch makes it a valuable addition to your embroidery repertoire. Here are some popular applications for this stitch:

  • Outlines. Use the Whipped chain stitch to outline petals, leaves, and stems in floral designs, bringing your embroidered flowers to life with a pop of color and texture.
  • Lettering and Monograms. This stitch is excellent for creating elegant letters and monograms, adding a touch of sophistication to personalized projects.
  • Borders and Frames. Frame your embroidery artwork with a gracefully whipped chain stitch border, giving your pieces a polished and professional finish. Or add decorative borders to your home textiles and garments.

How to embroider Whipped chain stitch

How to embroider Whipped chain stitch step by stepHow to embroider Whipped chain stitch step by step

  • Start with a row of Chain stitches. You can embroider it as a regular Chain stitch or a Reverse chain stitch.
  • Prepare your needle with a thread for whipping stitches. You can use the same color thread or choose a contrasting color.
  • Bring the needle up at the starting point of your chain stitch row.
  • Pass the needle under the first chain stitch without piercing the fabric and whip around each chain stitch in the row.
  • Once you’ve whipped around all the Chain stitches, pass the needle to the back of the embroidery, secure the thread at the back of the fabric, and trim any excess.

Double whipped and half whipped chain stitchDouble whipped and half whipped chain stitch

  • If you want to make double whipping – whip the Chain stitches again, but now pass the needle in the opposite direction. This will create a decorative cross whipping.
  • For half whipped Chain stitches whip only one side of the Chain stitches.

TIP. For whipping stitches, use a blunt needle or the back of the needle. This way, it is easier not to pierce the fabric and not to snag the Chain stitches.

More stitches from the Chain stitch family

Video tutorial

If you are a visual learner, watch a video tutorial demonstrating three different ways to whip a Chain stitch below or on the Practical Embroidery YouTube channel.

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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.