How to do: Satin Stitch

So here we go with Satin Stitch, one of several embroidery techniques which can be used to fill a shape on your fabric. In this case, the shape is filled with lots of lovely parallel stitches.

It’s relatively simple to get going but can take a bit of effort to get a polished look.

That said, don’t be defeated, have a go and see how you find it. If the worst comes to the worst you can always unpick it and start again – I won’t tell anyone, your secret’s safe with me.

So, you’ll probably have your shape drawn onto your fabric in some way. This is an excellent starting point!

I tend to find slightly larger satin stitches easier to do than fiddly little bits and so start somewhere in the middle of the shape before attempting the trickier ends.

This isn’t, however, a hard and fast rule so, if you prefer the undeniable logic of starting at one end and sewing to the other, feel free to do this with impunity.

The first step is to bring your needle and thread up through the fabric at your chosen starting point. I’ll call this “Point A” for the sake of simplicity.
Then simply bring it down through the fabric on the other side of your shape. Let’s call this place on the fabric “Point B”.
Pull the thread through until there is no slack but not so tight that it scrunches up the fabric.

And that’s your first satin stitch – hurrah!

The rest of the task is simply a case of repeating these steps along your work while following the outline of your chosen shape.

So bring your needle and thread up through the fabric just to the side of where you started your first stitch (the imaginatively named, Point A).
And then bring needle and thread down through the fabric on the opposite side of your shape and immediately next to where you finished your first stitch (Point B).
Again, make sure that there’s no slack left in the thread but that it also isn’t so tight that it’s crumpling up the fabric.

You should now have two parallel stitches.

Continue making these parallel stitches in your chosen direction until you have reached the end of your shape.
If you started at one end and worked to the other then hurrah you’ve finished!

If, like me, you started in the centre and worked out to one end, then you need to return to the middle of the shape and repeat the process in the opposite direction until all of your shape is filled with lovely parallel stitches.

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