Thursday, August 15, 2013

Embroidery How To: Straight Stitch

Straight Stitch is probably one of the most basic stitches, and is perfect for anyone just starting out with embroidery. I also find that this stitch can be great for simple embellishments on tea towels, placemats, etc to make something plain a little bit special.

An embroidery hoop is definitely not necessary for doing this stitch, I just found it helped me take neater looking photos, feel free to practice this on your own without the hoop. The split stitch, or running stitch, is made by sewing a straight line, with stitches of even length. You also want to make sure the negative space between your stitches is about the same length throughout. I often weave my needle through the fabric for several stitches before actually pulling the thread through, so this stitch can make you feel like you are getting a lot done very quickly!

After weaving the needle through your fabric, pull it through and voila! A neat little row of straight stitches appears! If you have a little beginner that wants to try out some stitching themselves, this is a great starting stitch. I'll be posting some cute projects that use straight stitch this weekend to give you ideas on what this basic little stitch can do!

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