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Hand Stitches for Embroidery

Running Stitch

Running Stitch Used to Build Up Colour

This project is an example of running stitch used to build up colour and texture in the embroidery piece.

This is an detail from a freestyle embroidery called Magic Mountain.

Running Stitch is delicate and should not be used for garments as it will snag and pull if it is caught on anything.

Running Stitch

Running Stitch is the easiest of all stitches.

You stitch up from the back to start.

Running Stitch

You weave your needle up and down through the fabric. Your goal is to keep your stitches as even as possible.

If you are working from a previously drawn pattern the Running Stitches are drawn as dashed lines where you come up at the begining of the dash and go down at the end of it.

Running Stitch

Running Stitches can vary in the ratio between the length of top and bottom stitches. The top example has long top stitches & short bottom stitches. The running stitches in the bottom sample are close to the same in size between top and bottom.

Running stitchs can be done in a straight line or curve. If the curve is tight the stitches should be smaller to make the curve smoother.

 

 

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