The satin stitch has many, many uses. Straight lines, curving lines, rounds, squares, petals, animals, letters… any space that needs to be filled. I have prepared a tutorial showing how to make this stitch. A pdf format can also be found on my web site, (in French and in English). In the printable version, you will find schemas that I hope will help you understand the working of this stitch. Enjoy!
My Attitude About Embroidery: I will not tell you what is the right or the wrong way of doing stitches. I am not an expert embroider and do not pretend to be a master in this trade. I make embroidery for the pleasure of doing it, the gesture of passing a needle through fiber and seeing a motif taking form gradually. I am not seeking perfection and never expect it from others. My only wish is that you can also enjoy stitching! ☺
I like to work this stitch from the bottom to the top. I usually work with two strands of thread, but more than two can be used for a ticker result. First, I draw the motif I wish to stitch with a pencil. For this tutorial, I will work with a rectangle. Then, I make the smallest possible knot at one end of the thread. I am now ready to start.
Note: if I do not want the knot to show on the back, if I am embroidering an already quilted quilt for example, I use the hand-quilting method to start and finish the thread.
- Insert the needle into the fabric, from the back, at the left-bottom corner (number 1, schema A in pdf version) and bring it out of the front. Pull on the thread (toward the ceiling) all the way through, until the knot stops you.
- Insert the needle into the fabric, from the front to the back, at the right-bottom corner (number 2, schema B in pdf version) and, in the same movement, bring the tip of the needle out (from the back to the front) slightly over the left-bottom corner. Then pull the needle out of the fabric and slowly pull on the thread.
- Insert the needle into the fabric, from the front to the back, slightly over the right-bottom corner (number 4, schema C in pdf version) and, in the same movement, bring the tip of the needle out (from the back to the front) on the left. Then pull the needle out of the fabric and slowly pull on the thread.
- Repeat until you reach the end of your drawn motif, at the left-top corner. Insert the needle at the right-top corner (number 8, schema D in pdf version). Go from the front to the back and pull on the thread from the back. You can secure the loose end of your thread by going through the threads on the back, without punching the fabric with the needle. Cut the thread. Voilà!
Note: the stitches should touch one another. Ideally, we should not see the fabric under, but if we do, that’s not the end of the world!