Satin – just the sound of the word makes us think of something soft and smooth. Almost silky, it is a luxurious sounding name. Satin stitch is exactly like the sound of satin. It looks and feels soft and silky and it can transform a simple design into something luxurious as it fills in the spaces on any embroidery design.
The beauty of satin stitch is just how simple it is.
How to do Satin Stitch
Step 1: Draw your design using something that will not show or bleed into your finished design.
Step 2: Begin with your needle and thread coming up to the right side of the fabric at a spot on the edge of the design at (1).
TIP: For best results, work from the middle of the design towards the outer edges. It is easier to control the format of the stitches and the finished effect in this way. A leaf, for example, would start in the middle and work out to the tip and then start again from the middle to the other end of the leaf.
Step 3: Re-insert your needle directly across the pattern to the opposite side at (2).
Step 4: Return to the right side of the fabric by inserting your needle from underneath, next to the first stitch at (3).
This is the pattern to follow as you fill in the area with satin stitch. Try and get the stitches close together with minimal gaps.
Satin Stitch – Four simple steps:
- Up from the back to start
- Down on the opposite side to make a stitch
- Up from the underside coming up next to the original starting point
- Back down again making another stitch and ready to continue in this fashion
Satin Stitch Variations
There are numerous variations of satin stitch if you want to explore its possibilities further.
Try long and short satin stitch or padded satin stitch and shadowed satin stitch. The stitch stays the same, but slightly different effects can be used to accentuate this lovely soft, smooth creative stitch – aptly named – satin stitch.