Straight stitch

Seed stitches (small, detached running stitches) are used on the center ribs of these flower petals.
Pattern darning

Straight or Flat stitch is a class of simple embroidery and sewing stitches in which individual stitches are made without crossing or looping the thread.[1][2] These stitches are used to form broken or unbroken lines or starbursts, fill shapes and create geometric designs.

Running stitch, Holbein or double-running stitch, satin stitch and darning stitch are all classed as straight or flat stitches. Backstitch is also sometimes included in this category.[1]


Pattern darning is an ancient technique in which parallel rows of straight stitches in varying lengths are arranged to form geometric patterns.[3] Japanese Kogin embroidery is a pattern darning style from the island of Honshū, often worked in white cotton thread on rough, dark blue indigo-dyed linen.[1]

See also


  1. 1 2 3 Enthoven, Jacqueline: The Creative Stitches of Embroidery, Van Norstrand Rheinhold, 1964, ISBN 0-442-22318-8, p. 29-46
  2. Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework. The Reader's Digest Association, Inc. (March 1992). ISBN 0-89577-059-8, p. 46-51
  3. Christie, Grace: Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving, London, John Hogg, 1912


Wikimedia Commons has media related to embroidery stitches.
This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 4/23/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.