Generally worked from left to right, come up
through fabric and insert needle on opposite
side of shape. Work stitches close together
following the outline of your shape.
- Here are some tips on the Satin Stitch which I have gathered from various hand embroidery books and websites.
1. Fewer threads will result in a fine surface with more stitches close to each other.
(Hip to Stitch)
2. To get a satiny finish it is important to keep the tension of your thread the same throughout. Don't pull too much or too little with each stitch.
(The New Crewel)
3. This stitch is suitable for small areas. If you need to cover a larger area divide the shape into smaller workable areas.
(Sharon B's, In a Minute Ago)
4. First, outline the shape to be covered with back stitch or split stitch. This ensures an even edge around the shape. * Here is a great video tutorial of outlining the shape and filling.
(Needle N' Thread)
5. Start in the middle of your shape and work towards one end first.
This photo is from Nessy, a flicker member. She demonstrates a beautifully smooth Satin Stitch.
This photo is from Margaret, another flicker member. She demonstrates an understanding of direction and following shapes with the Satin Stitch.