Thursday, January 14, 2010

Thread-u-cation Thursday: Running Stitch

Running Stitch
Thread-u-cation Thursdays
This is the first in a series on my favorite embroidery stitches. Today's stitch is the easiest, yet most misunderstood of all stitches, the Running Stitch. Here's how to make it: going from right to left, draw the thread to the surface, then plunge the needle and thread back down through the fabric. Repeat.
 
I'm stitching through just the top and batting layers of this quilt with a Size 8 thread and Size 3 embroidery needle. To mark a straight line, I place a ruler on the fabric, run my fingernail next to the ruler, and stitch in the groove.
 
You too can get in the groove. Line up Running Stitches, curl them around, make them short, or long. There are endless possibilities for the lowly Running Stitch. Try it today!

13 comments:

Darlene said...

I look forward to this series. I'm just getting into embellishing quilts, and I'd like to know more embroidery stitches! Thanks.

Jackie said...

It really is a nice embellishment to the quilt. Especially the variegated thread.

Teresa said...

Thanks for this tutorial and the ones to come! I have been wanting to add stitches to my quilting.

Maggie Szafranski said...

Thank you taking the time to demonstrate the stitches that we can use!

Lisa said...

I'm looking forward to all your hints and tips with hand embroidery embellishments. I wouldn't have thought of running my nail along a ruler to make a line to follow. Very clever!

Jane Moxey said...

"Plunging" the needle down -- very dramatic. But I love that stitch, too and using your threads is so much fun seeing how the variegated colors will land!

TextileTraveler said...

Thanks, Laura. I've been wanting to do more hand-stitching on my art quilts, so I'm looking forward to your Thursday posts!

margaret said...

Pulling the thread right through for each stitch really does make a difference - it's helpful for controlling the tension. You get a different effect with a lot of stitches on the needle!

Diane said...

Thanks for providing information on the different types of hand stitching we can use to embellish quilts. Love the variegated threads.

Diane J. Evans said...

Really looking forward to these tutorials, Laura -- your stitching always says "fun" when it's done.

Diane

Shaz said...

Hey, this is great. I'm too pregnant to sit at my sewing machine these days (why can't you get a table w/a belly cut-out?) and was thinking I should finally tackle embroidery. Thanks!

susan m hinckley said...

Since I'm making it all up as I go along, I shall follow your tutorials -- I'm sure I have plenty to learn from you!

I was interested that you use your fingernail to mark. In my previous life as a quilter, I used the same technique for marking quilting lines but with a blunt tapestry needle run across the fabric. I never mark on my wool pieces for some reason -- I guess because they're so small.

Trọng said...

I used the same technique for marking quilting lines but with a blunt tapestry needle run across the fabric. I never mark on my wool pieces for some reason -- I guess because they're so small.
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