Thursday, May 21, 2020

Embroidery 101-2

Let me recap what I've talked about so far.... I like to use Valdani Pearl Cotton. I use the #12 and #8 weight typically. I also have a healthy collection of DMC floss. When I embroider I use 3 strands to stitch with. I line my panels with a fusible interfacing and then I machine stitch around the edges. I like to use an embroidery hoop but I've been known to stitch without one! (yes, I break rules even in the embroidery world....) I love my Ott Lite, especially if I'm doing my stitching at night in front of the TV. Watching the Hallmark station is perfect for stitching. The time will just fly by!

Welcome! Today I will be showing you how I use a running and satin stitch. These are both basic stitches and come in handy for many different designs. They are great stitches for beginners and can be used so many different ways. I have been using my Blue Ribbon and Woodland Getaway panels to demonstrate my stitches on.

I used a running stitch for the bumblebees flight. 
Here is a step by step photo tutorial on doing a satin stitch. I’m using a variegated #12 pearl cotton from Valdani Thread. I love using variegated thread to add extra dimension to the design. These sweet stars are found on my Woodland Getaway panel. Filling them in with a satin stitch adds an extra pop to the design. 

On my Blue Ribbon panel I thought it would be fun to fill in the cone flower petals with a satin stitch. Coloring the design with thread. The flower will stand out more on the panel using a satin stitch instead of outlining the design with a back stitch.

Here is a finished cone flower... do you see how I used the satin and satin stitch?  I used a variegated green thread for the leaves, isn’t it a fun look.
I'll be posting more stitch ideas over the next few days. I also have the Blue Ribbon Panel and Woodland Getaway panel available on my Website and in my Etsy Store. I hope that you have fun experimenting with the running and satin stitch as you embroider. 

Happy stitching,
Cindy & Belvedere


  1. I learned to embroider as a child...and I am NOT a child! My satin stitch won't ever look as nice as yours. Just beautiful! Thanks for all you share...I'm loving Grandma's Attic. Guess who taught me to embroider? Yep!

  2. Thanks! I like that you are taking this slowly. I, too, don't make a satin stitch I like, though I've done a lot of it. Yours is beautiful! And yes, I do use Valdani threads. LOL