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Hand Stitches for Embroidery

Basic Satin Stitch

Satin Stitch is a good choise of stitches if you wish to create a smooth flat area of solid colour. It is one of the most difficult stitches to stitch evenly. I usually try to avoid making the stitches too tight.I would recomend practising this stitch before starting a large project because it does take some time to get a feel for it.

Felt Christmas Tree Ornament using Satin Stitch

I used the Satin Stitch to create Solid Areas in the flower on this Rocking Horse Christmas Tree Ornament.

Start of Satin Stitch

Start the Satin Stitch by bringing the thread up at point A. The stitch is made by stitching down at point B and over to point C and up.

Satin Stitch

Repeat the point B to point C to fill the entire space. Your goal is to make the both the edges of the leaf and the flat surface of the leaf as smooth as possible. This can take a little practise.

Finished Satin Stitch

Here is a finished Satin Stitch Spot. I find that the threads will lie better if I mist them slightly with water and then press them in place.

Satin Stitch finished with Stem Stitch

IN some situations you will find that you like the extra definition provided by a line of stem stitch around the area of Satin Stitch.

 

 

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