How To Do A Running Stitch
The running stitch is a simple embroidery stitch which creates a pretty dashed line in your embroidery. There are variations of the stitch and this video shows you how to do the simple running stitch and the whipped stitch.
I am going to show you how to do a simple running stitch. So, this is a running stitch here. I am also going to show you how to do a variation of running stitch called a whipped running stitch, which is this one here.
So, you can make a really pretty dashed line with the ordinary running stitch and a pretty solid line with the whipped running stitch. So, step one, you will need some fabric. I am using felt here, you will also need some needles - embroidery needles are sometimes called crewel needles - a small pair of sharp scissors and some embroidery thread.
You can use cotton perle or a stranded embroidery floss; both are fine for this. So, you are going to bring your needle up onto your fabric and we are taking the needle into the fabric and out. So, it is nice and simple, taking the needle into the fabric and out, in and out.
You want to make the stitch longer than the space in between. Once you have got the hang of it, of the basic stitch, you can load the stitches on to your needle. So, you can go in and out, in and out, in and out, all the way through the length of your needle and then pull the thread through.
This is a good way of getting a nice straight line. So, at the end of your line, take the needle down into the fabric and just finish off as normal. So, that is a running stitch.
I am going to show you how to do a whipped running stitch. So, you start with your basic running stitch, you bring a second thread up, you want to bring it up in the same hole as the first stitch of your line of running stitch. Then, you are going to turn the needle round or you can rethread and use a blunt ended tapestry needle instead.
So, you are going to push the eye of the needle through the stitch and then through the next stitch. So, through the stitch and through the next stitch, so you are always going to push the needle through from the same side, so here I am, pushing it through from the top. So, this is our line of whipped running stitch.
So, this is an ordinary running stitch and your line of whipped running stitch. And that is how to do a running stitch. .