Seed stitch is also known as seed filling, speckling, dot stitch and rice stitch. It is one of the simplest stitches to work. This stitch is created by scattering tiny straight stitches randomly over the surface of your fabric. Traditionally the stitches are to be worked quite evenly spaced with the length of each stitch the same. The randomness is created by pointing the stitches in different directions. If you want a light airy feel space the stitches further apart. A close dense spacing of stitches over an area, creates quite a visually strong filling.
In contemporary embroidery you can vary the weight of the thread with thick and thin threads used over the same area. Also seed stitch can be worked in a more free form manner in contemporary embroidery. You can change not only direction but length of stitch and spacing. You can work dense areas with stitches piled up against other. Or work seed stitch sprinkled across a surface as a sparse little light touch.
There is a double version of seed stitch you can find instructions for Double seed stitch here
You can work Seed stitch on plain or evenweave fabric. To vary the look of this stitch by using different coloured threads or threads with different thickness. If you use a metallic thread and sprinkle beads in among the stitches to add more life and a contemporary twist to your work.
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