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The Running Stitch | DIY Embroidery Stitches

The Running Stitch | DIY Embroidery Stitches

The simplest stitch of them all is the running stitch or straight stitch.

You’ll start with:

  • blank piece of fabric (cotton is best)
  • embroidery hoop, if you have one
  • embroidery thread
  • needle
  • scissors

Thread one end of a length of thread through your needle. Knot the far end and trim any excess. It’s helpful when first beginning to draw on the fabric with a fabric pencil, and then trace those lines or fill in those shapes with your stitches.

To do the Running Stitch

Simply poke your thread up through from the bottom of the fabric where you want to start.

You can either weave your needle back and forth through the fabric and then pull it through, or you can poke the needle in and out at the desired point and do each stitch individually.

That’s the running stitch, a popular embroidery stitch.

More Basic Embroidery Stitches:

How to Back Stitch

How to Cross Stitch

Hand Sew The French Knot 

Hand Sew The Running Stitch

How to Satin Stitch

How to Split Stitch

How to Stem Stitch

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