7 days of stitches: running stitch

7 days of stitches: running stitch

Let’s start with the first of basic stitches for this week! The RUNNING STITCH probably is the most simple and basic embroidery stitch. Yet you can achieve the most intriguing patterns or minimalistic line stitchings.

Here is how it works

running stitch tutorial

// For the running stitch, you go over and under the fabric in one line.


Embroidery techniques using running stitches as their basic stitch are Sashiko and pattern darning.

Sashiko is a technique from Japan traditionally using indigo blue and white for thread and fabric. Geometric patterns are embroidered with running stitch following some basic rules for edging and center. Sashiko is often reversible.

Pattern darning is a technique used all over the world. The pattern is created with running stitches over the whole length of the pattern row for row. You can see an example in the top image in this post (the arrow shaped lines). It resembles two colored woven fabric or in some cases satin stitch. Pattern darning can be done reversible.


Artwork showcasing this embroidery stitch

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Victoria Gertenbach – Work Quilt #2


work quilt #2 by Victoria Gertenbach


OddAnaStitch – S is for squid embroidery pattern

S is for squid embroidery pattern by OddAnaStitch


Pumora – the geometric animals collection

geometric animals hand embroidery pattern

Wait, there is more! Here are some great examples of embroidery featuring the RUNNING STITCH curated in a Pinterest board

pinterest board running stitch

This tutorial is part of 7 days of stitches. Take a look over here to see all the other stitches.

Learn 7 new embroidery stitches in one week!


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