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The Simplest Stitch in Sewing

I have numerous articles from various other sources that discuss the storied and classic art of hand-stitching and how it has been brought forward into more modern times.

Below is a portion of a 1997 article from a Martha Stewart website. For your convenience, I have a portion of the article listed below and provided the complete URL to the page at the end.

Enjoy.

-Miho

The simplest stitch in sewing — the running stitch — is also the most versatile. Usually a child’s first lesson in needle and thread, this practical technique can lend a stylish touch to almost any textile in your home. All it takes is a little imagination

By sight, if not by name, the running stitch is easily the most recognizable of sewing techniques. Whether the dash-like appearance of its simple over-and-under pattern takes the form of a neatly worked quilt or shows up unevenly on a child’s first attempt at a sewing project, this basic stitch unfailingly says “handmade.”

Simple Tote Bag With Hand Stitching

Simple Tote Bag With Hand Stitching: Image Credit: Martha Stewart Blog

Although the running stitch is, in the strictest terms, a fundamental and practical sewing stitch, it also can be used to embroider embellishments on almost any material, including patterned pieces. By combining threads and fabrics in a variety of colors and textures, experimenting with the scale of the stitches, and playing with their spacing, you can create an array of effects. Work the stitches in precise rows for a graphic simplicity that complements a minimalist aesthetic, or make them hastily in a freestyle manner to bring a stylish yet homespun effect to even the most basic attire and accessories. Your only prerequisites are an object in need of enhancing, a small length of yarn, floss, or thread, and a little creativity.

Both avid sewers and novices will find the techniques on these pages easy to master and the results gratifying. So go ahead and pick up a needle and thread-and let this simple stitch run away with you.

From Martha Stewart Blog
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