The Satin Stitch | Basic Embroidery Stitches

Embroidery stitches are so beautiful to look at that we often get intimidated by it. The three-dimensional splash of color on the fabric excites our eyes because of the varied textures it can create. You now have the ability to create the same sensation with this simple tutorial. Just use your imagination!

Basic Embroidery Stitches: The Satin Stitch

Adding a New Dimension to Your Embroidery Stitches 


If you want to add texture and a splash of color to your embroidery stitches, you can try a basic embroidery skill using the satin stitch. The satin stitch, also known as a damask stitch, is one of the popular embroidery stitches used to fill an opening in a pattern.

There are three ways of doing this. The first is to outline your pattern with a backstitch then cover the entire space with a satin stitch. Another is the padded satin stitch. This involves backstitching the inside area of the pattern before covering the entire pattern with a satin stitch. The last one, which we will discuss in this article is the no-frill way of doing the satin stitch which is to just fill in the open space with the satin stitch.

Step 1: Draw a simple pattern for your embroidery stitch

Practice your embroidery stitches by creating  a simple pattern with plenty of space in the middle to fill in. You can start with fun designs like hearts, stars, or flowers or get pattern inspirations from  coloring books. Once you are done with your doodle, tighten the screws on the embroidery loop so that your fabric will be flat, taut and stable.

Step 2: Thread the needle

Pick out the right thread for your project. Which color or finish of embroidery floss do you prefer? You can get creative by using contrasting colors or ombre-ing. Get two strands and estimate how much you will be needing to fill up your pattern. Then tie a knot at the long end. The longer end often gets tangled so check its tension time and again.

Step 3: Satin stitch the entire area

Slowly pierce your needle on the edge of your outline and create long straight stitches right across the surface of the entire area you are embroidering.
To save thread and time, do not cross over at the back. Instead, bring the needle next to the area where you just pushed through. Consistency and uniformity are the keys here. Make sure that each stitch is as close to the outline as possible with no visible gaps between stitches. The edges should have a smooth transition. Once done, tie off the string at the back with a slip knot. Keep the knot flat and as close to the fabric as possible then trim off the excess thread.

Check out DIY Projects: Arts, Crafts & Sewing, Origami step by step video tutorial on how to create a satiny texture to your embroidery. It’s so easy!

Try learning your basic embroidery stitches on a scrap piece of fabric first. Focus on the tension of the stitches and closeness of the thread lying next to each other to create a smooth and finished look.


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