Satin stitching is very popular among hand embroidery techniques. According to its name, it makes the work look very smooth and shiny as like satin, creating a really stunning visual effect. Besides, it is the best when it comes to filling in the details of embroidery work. You can create very realistic and at the same time fairytale-like masterpieces using satin stitching. What are some basic stitches of this technique?
Basic satin stitch is a flat basic stitch performed without padding. It’s important to realize that your stitches shouldn’t be too close to each other to avoid buckling. On the other hand, if you make them too far from each other, the fabric will be visible between your stitches, and that wouldn’t be a sign of high-quality satin stitching. To make this stitch, enter your needle at the outline of your pattern from the reverse side, pull it to the front side and then enter your needle again at the opposite outline. Continue filling in your pattern this way. It’s important to keep the edges of the pattern you are filling even. You will master this skill as you practice more.
Long and short stitches. They are also performed to fill the area of a design. Their combinations and variations are very suitable for embroidery work with many details, for example, for floral compositions. Satin stitching can be performed in a single color just changing its slightest shades to achieve a more realistic effect of your embroidery. Contrast colors may be applied as well, if a pattern requires. To achieve the best results in satin stitching, you need to perform your stitches along the outline, alternating long and short stitches. Then, performing the second row, fill in the gaps of short stitches in the first row with long stitches. Continue your work this way to fill in the entire area of the pattern.
Padded satin stitch is used when the embroidered area needs to be raised. These stitches are performed over a foundation that can be worked previously in seed stitches or outline stitches.
Outlined satin stitch is performed along the boundaries of your embroidery fragment. Once you completed the outlines, you should start filling in the fragment itself with basic stitches.
Shaded satin stitch is used to present the gradation of color in embroidery which will create a very vivid picture, so you can definitely gain an effect of a picture painted. And it is really pained, just with a needle instead of a brush.
You may want to decorate your garment with letters or numbers. For such purpose two main techniques are being used.
Satin stitching is performed in a way when one stitch covers the entire area. This technique is used when you need to embroider letters of 2 inches or smaller in height and it gives an effect of soft but bright color reflection.
Step-satin stitch technique has a view of smaller stitches that fill a larger area and is used for letters of 3 or more inches in size. With this kind of satin stitching reflecting of light is milder due to shorter stitches, while the embroidery itself is more practical and will serve you longer, if applied on your garment.
As you see satin stitching is easy to perform. Of course, you need some practice to learn how to do it professionally. Yet, now it’s not difficult to start with easier embroidery pieces where basic stitches are used. Once you improve, you can create your own masterpieces that will convey the sense of a real painting along with breathtaking shiny effects of stylish satin stitching.