There are so many reasons to love hand embroidery. First of all you can take it anywhere. Second, it’s an easy way to add cool handcrafted details to any project. And third, it’s really fun.
Even if you are not as passionate as I am about handstitching, you can’t deny the simple elegance of running stitch. There is no end to the cool details you can create just by adding running stitches to your next sewing or refashioning project.
Here’s a fun example on a simple A-line wool skirt. I used crewel thread in related colors to create big circles of running stitch randomly placed on the skirt. It turned a basic skirt into something fun!
Now it’s your turn. Here are some fun ways to play with running stitch:
- Add running stitches with embroidery thread along a collar, button band, waistband, or cuffs for a touch of detail
- Showcase rows of embroidery in contrasting thread along the bottom edge of a skirt for a pretty hem
- Follow along seamlines and use running stitch to create faux topstitching
- Freehand draw on your fabric with a chalk marker and use a running stitch to bring your unique design to life
- Highlight select lines and shapes in a print design with running stitch to add dimension to the fabric
- Use running stitch to create pattern on a solid fabric by creating simple shapes
Want to experiment? Try any of these running stitch ideas to quickly update a plain garment or sweater from the store or your closet.
Tell us how you get creative with running stitch in your projects!