Satin Stitch… whether you love this stitch or hate it, it is a foundational hand embroidery stitch worth knowing. Personally, it is probably the stitch that is my least favorite and that I am most self-critical about. It does require some very focused concentration and precision. But don’t let that stop you; because the end result is so good.
STEP 1: Bring your needle up through the fabric just outside the edge of your pattern. For purposes of this tutorial, I am starting on the outside corner and working my way to the other end. However, sometimes I find it easier to start in the middle and carefully work your way out, especially if it is a large space that I am filling in.
STEP 2: Directly across from your initial stitch, bring your needle down through the fabric, pulling the floss all the way through until it lays flat. Pay attention to the angle of this stich because it sets a precedence for all your other stitches.
STEP 3: Directly next to where you placed the needle in Step 1, bring your needle up and repeat Step 1 and Step 2 again. Your next stitch will always be across from the end of the previous one.
There you go. Satin Stitch is really just a series of straight stitches all lined up next to each other. It can be the easiest or hardest stitch of them all depending on your personality and if you have any perfectionist tendencies (guilty!). But it is also a stitch where practice definitely helps.
To read through all the other stitches in my library, click HERE.
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