Satin Stitch

satinstitch5The Satin Stitch is a set of densely packed straight stitches. Stitches are lined up tightly together to make solid shapes of thread on the fabric surface. Vary the length of the Satin Stitch threads to make oval, square, or round shapes. Surround round shapes with the Outline Stitch and Straight Stitches to make a showy flower.

satinstitch1Vary the distance between the stitches to reveal the background fabric. Or create stand-alone thread shapes on the fabric surface with the Satin Stitch. By adding a few Straight Stitches to make a tail and a French Knot for an eye, Satin Stitches become a fish.

satinstitch2Here’s how to make the Satin Stitch: Begin with the thread on the fabric surface at point A. Chose a distance from point A and insert the needle tip at point B. (In our example the distance is 1/4? but the distance depends on what shape you are making with the threads.)

satinstitch3Skim the needle under the fabric to point C. Point C is as close to point A as you can get without piercing the thread coming out of A. Draw the needle and thread through the fabric.

satinstitch4Insert the needle tip at point D. Point D is as close point B as you can get without piercing the thread coming out of B. Skim the needle under the fabric to point E (just above C). Draw the needle and thread through the fabric.

Continue to stack the straight stitches closely together. By varying the length of the stitch in small increments, you can make compact thread shapes that conceal the background fabric.