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The Satin Stitch | Embroidery Stitches

The Satin Stitch | Embroidery Stitches

A satin stitch is great for filling in space and adds texture.

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 Satin Stitch

Start by pulling your thread up through the fabric at the very top, left-hand corner of the area you want to fill (feel free to adjust your starting point based on your dominant hand). Complete your first stitch by running the thread through the bottom-most, left-hand corner of the area.

Start your second stitch right next to where you started your first stitch, and finish it right next to where your first stitch ends. There should be no visible gaps between stitches. Continue until the area you want to fill is full.

That’s the satin  stitch, a much loved 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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