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
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.