Learn Running Stitch for Embroidery and Hand Sewing
My Friend, Running Stitch
Running stitch is the simplest embroidery stitch of them all and is an important one to learn. By practicing it, you will master proper needle handling and learn to make your stitches more uniform.
I love the running stitch because of it's playful simplicity. It's as utilitarian as it is beautiful. Use it as decoration or to simply sew two pieces of fabric together. The choice is yours!
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Gather your materials
- Embroidery hoop
- Embroidery floss
- Woven fabric
- Embroidery needles
- Water erasable marker
- Needle threader
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Step 1: Draw Your Design
Before you begin, split your thread, thread your needle, and stretch your fabric. If you need help, refer to my blog post here about getting started with embroidery!
I always recommend drawing out your design prior to stitching. It is so helpful to have a guide line to follow as you work. I use a water erasable fabric pen to mark out my drawing. This pen is amazing! With just a little bit of water, your marks will disappear completely.
Step 2: Begin Your Running Stitch
Once your design is drawn, you're ready to start stitching! Thread your needle with three strands of embroidery floss. Don't forget to knot the end of the floss!
Step 3: Tie Your Knot
Great Work! You're Ready to Learn More Stitches!
By Jennie Lennick
Designer, entrepreneur, and lover of crafts! Boss Lady at Jenny Lemons in San Francisco