Running stitch is also known as quilting stitch and Darning stitch. The same hand motion is used to make all three, although there are differences in the spacing of the stitches. Quilting stitch is usually worked with spacing are of the same length and many quilters work very hard at creating evenly spaced stitches.
To work this stitch simply pass the needle over and under the fabric in a regular even manner.
Pattern darning creates very attractive designs by changing the length of the stitches and the spacing between them. This simple but versatile technique has a long and interesting history tracing back to Mamluk Egyptian embroidery where pieces have been discovered that date back to the twelfth century. Iceland too has long tradition of creating patterns with this simple stitch. Japan has Kogin work, which is also a form of pattern darning and based on running stitch. Kogin is closely related to Sashiko, a form of quilting. My point is that running stitch is truly an international stitch, with a long and interesting history and I don’t think its life is over either as all of these techniques are still avidly practiced.
You can use Running stitch to create simple outlines many contemporary art quilters use it to create lines and is frequently seen in contemporary ‘primitive’ styles. Running stitch is also often the foundation now, for many more complex stitches.
No matter what style of embroidery they are all based on the same basic stitch and hand movement.
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