Zig Zag Coral Stitch is a variety of Coral stitch. All versions of Coral stitch are based on twisted chain stitch. I recommend that you refresh your memory of twisted chain stitch before you try the coral stitch versions.
How to work Zig Zag Coral Stitch
Work this stitch between two parallel lines from top to bottom. If you need to mark the lines use a dissolvable quilters pen. Make sure the lines are removable as they will not be covered with stitching. With stitches like this I use the threads in the weave of the cloth as my guide. The step by step samples are worked in perle #5 thread. Bring your needle out on the left-hand side of the line and make a small twisted chain stitch by inserting the needle and having the point of the needle emerge a short space below the line as illustrated. Wrap the thread over the needle and under the point. Pull the needle through the fabric. Move diagonally across your work to the right, and make a twisted chain stitch as illustrated. Take your thread diagonally to the left-hand side of the line and make a twisted chain stitch. Continue in this manner zig zagging down the line which is of course how the stitch got its name! Zig Zag Coral stitch is fun and once you get in the rhythm it is quick to do. It is also interesting to use thicker threads to create a border on your work. Or you can work Zig Zag Coral stitch row upon row to build up patterned fills. You can use this Zig Zag Coral stitch to couch down braids, ribbon or novelty thread which gives the embroidery a contemporary twist. It is also a surface embroidery stitch that you can easily add beads to.