I have just added stitch instructions for chain stitch to our How To’s and Stitch Methods. It is a really good basic embroidery stitch and very versatile as it is good for both outlines, where it can be used for lovely smooth curves and curls, and as a solid filling stitch.
Chain stitch is totally interchangable with broad chain stitch (also called reverse chain stitch). Mike asked me which I prefer. When they are worked you really can’t tell the difference between them, so it comes down to a personal preference in working method. I do prefer broad chain stitch myself – I can work it rather faster than chain stitch and when it comes to unpicking, it comes out rather more easily than chain stitch. This makes a big difference to me as I do seem to spend quite alot of time unpicking!