Running stitch is also known as quilting stitch and Darning stitch. You use the same hand motion to make all three, although you can vary 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. Some pieces have been traced back to Mamluk Sultanate embroidery in C12th Egypt. Iceland, too, has a 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. Running stitch is truly international, with a long and interesting history. Running stitch will be around for a long time to come, as embroiders still practise all of these techniques avidly!
You can use Running stitch to create simple outlines. Along with many contemporary art quilters, you can use it to create lines and you can often see it in contemporary ‘primitive’ styles. Running stitch now is often the foundation 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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