Stem stitch is a great way to create smooth, flowing lines. It's perfect for stitching plants or vines, and works well on lettering, too.
Instructions (given in video):
- Start with a simple, single running stitch.
- Bring your needle up halfway back along your previous stitch - and just slightly to the side.
- Then, put your needle back through a stitch length away, on the guide line - so that it's a little diagonal.
- Repeat! Bring the needle up halfway back and just to the side of the previous stitch...and go back through right on the guideline.
As you can see, it can sometimes take a few stitches for it to really come together, so if it looks strange after only 2 or 3 stitches, then persevere - it should start to flow!
If you've got any questions, add them below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can!