Satin Stitch is perfect for creating smooth, shiny surfaces in your embroidery. It's also great for showing off beautiful thread colours.
Instructions (given in video):
- The premise of satin stitch is that all of the stitches need to be parallel to one another - this is what creates the unified, shiny effect. The easiest way to stay parallel is to create a few spaced out guide stitches. These are long stitches going from one side of the shape to the other. Spaced 0.5 - 1cm apart, these should help to keep me in line.
- Then, you just need to fill in the gaps with the same long, parallel stitches - really close together. I've done this on an awkward shape, to show how to work around curves and corners. Try to keep your lines straight, even if the shape bends!
- For the curved section, you can see that I continue to stay parallel - I don't try to angle the stitches around the curve, as this can cause big bunches of thread on the inside curves.
You can see that I try to go down, then come back up, on the same side of the shape. This helps to minimise thread wastage, because it's not criss-crossing across the back of the fabric.
This can also help to prevent stretch/pull on the fabric. As Satin Stitch uses a lot of thread, the weight of it can risk warping the fabric - so try not to pull too hard!