Running Away with Running Stitch

Well who would have thought I could stitch a whole page just on running stitch, that simple little stitch I learnt on binca as a three year old! Like many simple things in life, I think it’s simplicity makes it very versatile. Sharon from Pintangle is running a new stitch challenge along side the new series of TAST (Take a Stitch Tuesday) it’s called Beyond TAST and she gives us a stitch to develop over a month or so. The first one was running stitch.

My first thought was to stitch a Kanthe embroidery kit of a moon gazing hare I have, it would have nicely been a kit stitched from my 18 for 18 challenge too! The month went passed with no running hare! A couple of nights ago I suddenly decided to do a page for my stitch book just in running stitch, I already had the outline stitched so I knew it wouldn’t take too long.

I chose DMC 4240 which is a lovely subtle variegated floss in dark blues and purples, I started off with a straight forward four rows of running stitch, neatly stacked into columns. My next row is the diamond pattern, I think officially the centre diamonds are satin stitch as I didn’t stitch them in a continuous row but went back and added them

The next three samples were all stitched straight across the row, which took some concentrating until I got the pattern sorted, I like the way the variegation changes across the patterns. The one on the right is whipped running stitch, I think if it was stitched even closer together it would give a great basket-weave effect.

The trellis at the bottom left of the sampler was developed as I went a long, that’s another one that took a bit of concentration as moving across the diagonals didn’t seem as easy as it should have been. I did wonder about putting a cross in each gap but I decided to keep it simple with just cross-stitch.Beyond TAST Running Stitch

The three vertical rows on the right are all whipped running stitch, showing the different patterns you can achieve.

At the bottom is one of my favourite uses for running stitch, the flight path of a butterfly!Beyond TAST Running Stitch

I was quite surprised how much I could stitch with just a simple running stitch! I’ve now completed four double page spreads of my stitch sampler, so I think I’ll start stitching them up as I go along into a book, so I’m not left with a big pile of pages. I’m just trying to decide what to put inbetween the pages, do I just put some interfacing on the back to keep them a bit crisper, or add some batting, or just say a bit of calico? I think I might ask advice on the Textile book facebook page. Beyond TAST Running Stitch

I’ll be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday,why not follow the link and see what everyone else has been creating.



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I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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24 Responses to Running Away with Running Stitch

  1. claire93 says:

    a lovely rich blue variagated thread there and very impressed with all the different designs you can stitch with just running stitch!

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  2. katechiconi says:

    It’s a really pretty page, and interesting to see just how varied one stitch can be. How about basting each page onto tear-away stabiliser to give it body, without being as permanent as iron-on interfacing?

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  3. kathyreeves says:

    If you wish to cover the backs, I like the idea of a matching calico, but might it be possible to stitch the facing pages together? If you aren’t particular about the final order of the pages, that could work. Maybe a bit of binding around the pages? You could sew four double pages at a time to eliminate the creep factor in the center.

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  4. Catherine says:

    What a lovely example of just how versatile the stitch is. I’m always a little wary of it though as I can’t get it even – not a problem you seem to struggle with! I think just some calico to back them would be good – that way it won’t add to much bulk to your finished book.

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  5. Mary says:

    What fabulous examples! Your book is going to be a terrific and beautiful resource!


  6. Kate says:

    This is going to be a very cool book once you get all the pages finished!

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  7. Gosh that is so pretty. My favourite is the butterfly’s trajectory, I think 🙂

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  8. WOW these are all beautiful…i like that cute little butterfly as well 🙂

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  9. Chantal says:

    Gorgeous! It is so interesting to see all the possibilities. I’ll never say again that I know how to do embroidery because I had no idea it could be so beautiful. Thanks for the lessons on running stitches. ;^)

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  10. Gail says:

    What fun variety with just the simple running stitch! I love the lattice and of course, the butterfly trail.

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  11. Deb says:

    Very pretty sampler! Love the trail from the little butterfly.

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  12. Great sample, the running stitch is so versatile .

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  13. Ivani says:

    Another beautiful page for your sampler book.

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  14. CathieJ says:

    You have been very creative with the Running stitch. I really like that trellis and the second row of stitching. That floss is beautiful.

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  15. Sherrie says:

    I’m also doing TAST. I’ve never made it through the whole thing, but this year I am determined to make it. Your Running Stitches are beautiful. Have a great day!

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  16. Carla says:

    Wow who would have thought a simple straight stitch could look so good! Wonderful!


  17. Yaffle says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog for a while now (I like quilting and garment sewing) and I thought of you when I took an embroidery class at my local sewing shop yesterday. I think your beautiful creations have been a positive influence! We learned backstitch, fly stitch, chain stitch, stem stitch, and french knots- and I’m doodling around on my sampler in the evenings and enjoying myself. I think I’d like to figure out how to make a stitch book, next!
    Anyway, lots of waffle just to say: I love seeing what you sew, so thanks for the blog 🙂


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