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8 Ways with a simple Running Stitch!

The Running Stitch…

It may be a really basic stitch in hand embroidery but you can really make some amazing patterns with it – look at all these amazing designs you can create…

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Forget those boring lines you learned to stitch at school with running stitch – try out the amazing possibilities this stitch has to offer.

These samples are great fun to stitch. I stitched them on to an evenweave fabric so you could see the way the stitch is used to create the effect. Here are some closer pictures…

You run the needle in and out of the fabric creating a series of stitches.


All the stitches on the right side of your work should be the same size but you can be creative with small or large gaps in between, small or large stitches, different types, and thickness of the thread.

This can be used for straight and curved lines as well as a great filler for large areas.


Work several rows of even length and space and then alternate them to make a brick pattern like this… this would make a really fun border pattern.

Interlaced running stitch is so easy yet the result is stunning…


Work 3 rows of running stitch with the lines exactly above each other and then use a blunt needle to weave a thread vertically through the stitches to create a laced effect.


How about doing a double running stitch to create these fun lines… Stitch the first row with a normal running stitch and then come back on yourself filling in the gaps.

There are loads of possibilities from zigzags, columns and arrows to wiggly lines, chains, and waves to name but a few!!!

So the one thing you should remember not to do is underestimate the abilities of the running stitch, it is fabulous!!!

Why not create a fabulous sampler which involves variations of just a running stitch so that next time you have a project you can do a simple stitch with an amazing result. Give it a go –  you will love it!

Happy Stitching!


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