A Simple Running Stitch

A simple running stitch (or straight stitch) is a very basic stitch used in embroidery or hand-sewing.  It look like a series of dashes; an interrupted line or outline.  In essence, you run the needle in-and-out of the fabric.


In this demonstration, we are using the running stitch to outline a bird silhouette.  We’ll begin by threading a needle with a whole strand of embroidery floss and tying a knot at the end. 


Bring the needle up through the fabric just outside of the bird silhouette.


Guide the needle back down through the fabric, approximately 1/4″ away, continuing to follow the bird outline.


Bring the needle back up through the fabric a small space away (smaller than 1/4″).


Repeat to bring the needle back down 1/4″ away, continuing to following the bird outline.


This is what the first two stitches will look like:


I’ve chosen these stitches to be 1/4″ long for the demonstration, but they can be longer or shorter depending on what the project requires or what your preference is.

1 Comment

  1. Karen

    May 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    This is SO pretty! I love the colors and the bird. The stitching is perfect for my grand-daughter's (age 8-1/2) first project which we will begin when she visits.

    Thanks for the tut….I'll save it for my little student.

    Hugs, Karen

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