Week 4 of the #YearOfStitch : Satin Stitch

This is your go-to stitch for serious coverage. You can fill everything in with this bad boy. 

It’s a deceptively simple stitch that requires a close eye in order to keep your stitches level. Sometimes if I’m trying to cover a huge reach (see heart below) I stitch a quick grid under the surface of my satin stitch before I get started to keep my stitches level. 

Your goals with this stitch are: 

  1. Zero space between your stitches (which usually means disregarding the holes and poking that needle right through the weave)
  2. The front and back should look identical 

Here we go!

Now in photos - pay close attention to #3 where I bring my needle up right through the middle of the weave in between the two vertical holes.

This is what it looks like when you are covering a short area:

Here’s a look at when you are covering a much larger area:

You will notice that I went back in and outlined both of these with a backstitch. I just like how a satin stitch looks when outlined. 

Here’s a shot of the front and back so you can see what I mean when I say they should look the same. 

Get at it!