Satin stitch can be used to fill areas in a design with solid color or softly shaded color using long stitches. Satin stitch can be padded for a 3-dimensional appearance. To pad the stitch, seed stitch or satin stitches are first worked inside the shape, and then covered with a layer of satin stitch.
Flat satin stitch is worked directly over a marked design, and is the most basic form of the stitch. To create a guide for stitching, which also helps create a smoother line, the shape can first be outlined with split stitch or back stitch.
For best results, a laying tool should be used when working satin stitch to help ensure that the stitches lie flat and have a smooth, satin-like look to them.
For other types of stitches and stitch variations, visit the Embroidery Stitches page. If you’d like to try one of these stitches on a free pattern, visit out Free Patterns and Projects page and select your favorite technique. Then, download the pdf pattern and start stitching!