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HOW TO: EMBROIDERY – 2. running stitch
Here I will show you in pictures, the most basic of embroidery stitches. The running stitch! If you know how to sew by hand, you should know this stitch already and this will be a piece of cake!
If you’re wondering how to set up your hoop, have a look at the first installment of this series:
1. Cut a piece of embroidery thread/floss no longer than around 40cm. You could make it longer, but it will be a little cumbersome to deal with. Thread one side of the thread through the embroidery needle and pull through around 5-10cm of the thread. Tie a knot at the other end of the floss.
You can start embroidering now!
2. Thread your piece of floss through the back of your work until the knot stops you going any further.
3. Thread your floss through the front of the work. The length between threadings is up to you. I like to work on small hoops so my running stitch tends to be around 5mm long each.
4. Repeat the last couple of steps. It should then eventually look like this..
Make sure to tie off the end of each piece of floss on the back of your work, like here…
Snip off the excess thread and there you have it! With this simple stitch, you can start making outlines of designs or just free stitch to your heart’s content!
More stitches to come!