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RUNNING STITCH FAMILY(http://www.rocksea.org/hand-embroidery/runningstitch/laced-running-stitch) The basic.The foundation of many other embroidery and stitch works like the Indian Kantha work or Chikankari work.

hand embroidery sample : running stitch

Running stitch is also laid as a foundation for a variety of patterns, some of which I will show in subsequent posts, so that you get an idea on what different ways these stitches can be used as a foundation for. Then, the rest is upto your imagination!

hand embroidery sample : running stitch varieties

which I have named. Yet. . there is more thread shown on the upperside than the underside in a running stitch. Close layers of this stitch can create wonderful effects on a pattern. The length of the stitch on the upperside can vary than that on the underside. The knowledge of the pekinese stitch will be very helpful. making a loop. You need to know the running stitch before doing this stitch. This is a very decorative stitch and can be experimented with threads fo various colors over borders.2 RUNNING STITCH This stitch is done by running the needle and thread up and down the cloth at a regular distance. Take a contrastign colored thread and bring it out from near the first running stitch. LOOPED RUNNING STITCH This stitch is just a variety of the running stitch. Fig 2: Start following the pekinese stitch technique. to get the beauty of the stitch. Fig 1: Lay the foundation by doing arunning stitch. Take the needle in through the second stitch and come out through the first. It incorporates the technique of Chinese stitch or Pekinese stitch. Usually. I would suggest to try to keep the length of the stitches on the upperside and underside as same as possible.

. Fig 4: Finish up the pattern for it to look like this. LACED RUNNING STITCH This variety of running stitch gives a wavy effect to the pattern. Continue this action of taking the needle under each stitch from the top and bottom alternately. Fig 1: Lay the foundation by doing arunning stitch. as illustrated. Bring out another thread out near the first stitch and pass the needle under it from the top. It looks beautiful when a few close layers of it is created. Fig 2: Then pass it through the second stitch from the bottom.3 Fig 3: Continue this action of ‘looping’ using the running stitch foundation.

Lay the foundation by doing a running stitch. Fig 3: A finished line of interlaced running stitch would look like this. Fig 2: Now take the needle under the second stitch from the top.4 INTERLACED RUNNING STITCH This variety incorporates laced running stitch. taken both ways along the running stitch. Continue this action of taking the needle under each stitch from the top and bottom alternately. to give it a final ‘chain’ look. Follow the instructions of laced running stitch to get a laced running stitch pattern Fig 1: Bring another thread out from near the first stitch and the needle under it from the bottom. WHIPPED RUNNING STITCH .

Fig 1: Lay the foundation by doing arunning stitch. the more enhanced would be the twisted effect. PARALLEL RUNNING STITCH Parallel running stitch is just two parallel rows of running stitches. You can try out your own variations. Bring out through near the first stitch. I have illustrated the parallel running stitch here and two different ways it could be used. The trick is to give it a twisted effect.with each stitch from each row lying one below the other. you do not pluck the fabric underneath. . many variations can be created using a different thread. then maintian it by taking from the bottom only. Fig 2: Continue this pattern to finish the design as shown.5 his variety gives a twisted effect. Now. Using these as the base. If you happen to take the thread between each running stitch from the bottom of the stitch. NOTE: Make sure that while taking the needle and thread under each running stitch. The closer the foundation of running stitch is done. pass the needle under each stitch from the top.

this variety makes a good edging or boundary design by giving a inverted ‘U’ like effect. turn around the needle and take it from under C and Y. as shown. while doing this. Again. Turn around the needle and take it from under X and B. You may also incorporate some beadwork to add beauty to the work. The serpentine visual makes it good for edging and boundary designs. Continue this process for the entire length of the two parallel rows.6 Parallel running stitch: Lay the foundation by doing two parallel twin lines of running stitch as illustrated. X. Note that the stitches W. Fig 2: A finished line of this variety would look like this. Z lie right below A. C and D. Take the needle under the stitches A and W. B. Fig 1: Take another thread and bring it out from near A. Variety 1 This variety makes a good edging or boundary design by giving a snake like effect. Y. . Variety 2 Again. You may also incorporate some beadwork to add beauty to the work. Make sure not to pluck the fabric underneath.

‘Step’ the second row. Stepped running stitch : Lay the foundation by doing two parallel rows of running stitches . Make sure not to pluck the fabric while doing this. STEPPED RUNNING STITCH Stepped running stitch is just two parallel rows of running stitches. Each stitch from each row will lie in between two stitches of the other row. Note that A lies between W and X. X lies between A and B. Variety 1 . C and Y. as illustrated. You may make more than just two rows of running stitch and try out your own variations as well. Take the needle under the stitches A and W.7 Fig 1: Now. This ’stepped’ structure will give an opportunity to create various embroidery patterns using a different thread. Continue this action by taking the needle under B and X. and so forth. and so forth. Turn around the needle and take it from under A again. as shown. take another thread and bring it out from near A. Fig 2: This is how a finished line of this variety sample would look like.

Variety 2 .8 Fig 1: Take another thread and needle out from near A and pass it under A and W without plucking the fabric underneath. without plucking the fabric underneath. Continue this pattern of action for the remaining stretch of the stepped running stitch. Fig 3: The final effect would be as shown above. turn the needle around and pass the thread under X and A. pass the needle under B and X. Now. Fig 2: Now.

Now. pass it from under B. You will get your first twisted pattern. as shown in the picture. DOUBLE RUNNING STITCH (HOLBEIN STITCH) . Fig 2: Again. and then under X. taking the needle from beneath the thread.9 Fig 1: Take another thread from near W and pass it under W and A. Fig 3: Continue this ‘twisted’ pattern to give it a final braided effect. Continue this action for the entire stretch of the stepped runnig stitch. This makes the second twisted pattern. wihtout plucking the fabric underneath. pass the needle under the thread.

Black work is again commonly known as spanish work. or holbein stitch and cross stitch. As. Variation 1: Fig 1: Lay a base of running stitch. who is more known to have painted Henry VIII and his children wearing clothing with ‘blackwork embroidery’. Fig 2: Now. Looking at the history of it. Assissi embroidery is not confined to a single thread color but uses different threads. it incorporated varities of cross stitches as well. This causes the stitch to bring out identical patterns on either sides of the cloth. who was a German artist. It is a combination of black work. This will help understand the technique. Holbein stitch is widely used in Blackwork Embroidery and Assissi Embroidery as well. the return journey of running stitch will fill the gaps made during . We can widely see it in cross stitch patterns too. Traditionally Assissi embroidery employed only holbein stitch. Assissi embroidery originated from Italy at around 13th and 14th century. He was a portrait painter of the 16th century. holbein stitch derives its name from Hans Holbein the younger. I have done two variations of the holbein stitch. Black work is done using only black thread. She is believed to have brought garments in to England from Spain and they had black work on them. start a return journey with the same working thread. This is because holbein stitch is a form of counted thread stitch. but later.10 This stitch follows a pattern where a running stitch is done and the gaps between this running stitch is filled during a return journey of the needle and thread. shown in this illustration. Catherine of Aragon was the wife of Henry VIII.

11 the first onward journey. Variation 2: . Fig 3: A finished line of holbein stitch would look like this. You can use a different colored thread for creative effects.

PATTERN 1 Pattern 1 will show the logic of holbein stitch.12 Check the side bar on the right side to find the two patterns. Fig 1 . A variation of this stitch is shown in pattern 2.

(Fig 1 and Fig 2) 4. Take a return journey using running stitch. you get a design of straight line. Continue such filling that ultimately. 3. only this time. . you try to fill the gaps created by the earlier running stitch. For that. you can use a differnet color to give an alternated colored look. Note: The thread used for the return journey stitch is the same with which you ended your first running stitch journey.13 Fig 2 Fig 3 1. However. (Fig 1) 2. bring the same needle out through A and put in through B to take it out through C. if you want to give it a different touch or look. Lay the foundation of running stitch.

Usually kasuti designs resembles the rangoli designs in India. dates back to the Chalukya period of the 6th.10th century. It can be seen widely in Indian Kasuti or Kashidakari embroidery work.14 PATTERN 2 Holbein stitch can be used to create a ‘pyramid’ like effect or ‘temple design’ too. Fig 1 Fig 2 Fig 3 Fig 4 : Reverse side . This art of embroidery. which is still done by only the women of the villages bordering karnataka and maharastra.

we will fill the gaps to finish the design. (Fig 1 and Fig 2) 3. (Fig 3). (Fig 1) 2. (Fig 4) Now. You will finish up with a temple like design. Continue this pattern to follow the alphabets as illustrated. Bring the thread through A and take it in through B. Check the reverse pattern. Fig 5 Fig 6 Fig 7 Fig 8 : Reverse side . Bring it through C and take it in through D. (Fig 2) 4.15 1. Note that C lies exactly below B.

it is not restricted to the above mentioned patterns. If you check the reverse. As mentioned in the notes of pattern 1. (Fig 6) 8. (Fig 5) 7.16 5. Continue to fill the gaps in the similar fashion. Bring the same needle out through Y and take it in through X to bring it out through W. you can leave the conventional method of single thread holbein stitch and take up another color to fill the gaps to give an attactive pattern. (Fig 5) 6. . it will look like an identical design. You would end the design with the final stitch Y-Z. All that is required is a little imagination! I will get back to this stitch while discussing Kasuti or Blackwork as we move along. (Fig 7). 9. (Fig 8 ) Note: Holbein stitch can be used to make any pattern geometrical in nature. You will finally finish the temple design. Of course.

will show you only the ’back and forth’ stitch technique of darning stitch. Then. This lesson. the darning stitch is used to ‘rebuild’ the weft and warp of the worn out area. Note that each row is ’stepped’ in order to get a brick like formation.17 DARNING STITCH The darning stitch is about making rows of straight running stitches near each other. however. A fabric is made of weft and warp yarn. turn around and begin the second row of running stitch from C to end at D. Weft is the yarn that runs vertically. Fig 1: Do a row of running stitch. . The purpose is to use this lesson as reference for Embroidery works (and not to mend clothes ). The technique of darning is used to mend torn clothes. The most popular embroidery where darning is used for embroidery purpose is the pattern darning. while warp is the yarn that runs horizontally. While mending torn fabric. You need to know the running stitch to be able to do darning stitch. Keep this process of stitching rows of running stitches back and forth. starting from A and ending at B. They interlock with each other to form the fabric. You can turn a couple of rows of darning stitch into a base for beautiful patterns like we did in parallel running stitch and stepped running stitch. especially socks and looks like a woven patch.

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