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!
The stitches below are not necessarily satin stitches, but they can be worked closely together to fill a shape, giving in a satiny, textured look.