Running Stitch - Learn This Modern Embroidery Technique
This simple technique involves creating a series of evenly spaced stitches that form a straight dashed line. While it might seem basic, its simplicity holds remarkable potential. The Running Stitch has lots of handy uses, such as outlining, backing your hoop, or even stitching fabric layers together.
Let’s try it out:
Start by bringing your needle up from the back of the fabric to the front, at the start of the line.Gently pull the working thread through to the front, so that your knot secures the thread at the back.
Poke your needle down about a stitch length along the line.
Gently pull the working thread through to the back (no need to pull it super tight), to create a single stitch that lays flat against the top-side of the fabric.
Bring your needle up again, a stitch length along the line.
Then poke your needle backdown, about a stitch length along the line.
Draw through all of the working thread. Now you’ve created two Running Stitches with a neat space between them – nice work!
Repeat this technique, and you'll notice your dashes creating a line.
When you've finished stitching, secure and tidy away your thread, using our usual method.
Running Stitch Tips:
Stitch and Space Lengths: Keeping these consistent gives things a lovely uniform look. But guess what?You're the boss – so feel free to mix things up. Play around with shorter or longer stitches, and spaces in between, for some cool variations.
Woo-hoo, I am so happy that you can now do a running stitch that you can use to create lines within your embroidery patterns. This stitch is one of the easiest modern embroidery stitches to learn, so it is the perfect place to start on your modern embroidery journey.
So there you have it, a rundown of my steps and top tips so that you can create your own wonderful running stitch. Congratulations!
This course takes you through all the beginner techniques and knowledge you need to make your first beginner pattern, Little Wildflower Meadow! Plus, it includes a beautiful second pattern, Blooming Lovely, which is a fantastic place to practice your newfound skills.
I would totally recommend this course, as it covers more stitch techniques than this blog, and you can also do it at your own place. Plus, this is a great way to hold yourself accountable for your own me-time and continue on your path to becoming a modern embroidery superstar.