Of all the hand embroidery stitches that exist, I think the most beautiful, when done well, is the satin stitch. I love this stitch! It does take a little practice to get the hang of satin stitching, and it is true that it is not a very “forgiving” stitch.
But perhaps this adds somewhat to its beauty – because we not only admire it for the pleasure it gives us when we see beautifully worked satin stitch, but, when we know what goes into it, we can truly appreciate the “art” behind the embroidery.
Don’t let this deter you if you are a beginner! In concept, satin stitch is very easy. It just takes a little practice to get the edges right and to gauge the distance between your stitches.
If you aren’t familiar with what satin stitch looks like, you’ll find some close-ups of a piece that is worked entirely in satin stitch and stem stitch here.
The following video tutorial is for the padded satin stitch, to be precise. However, the same concepts work with non-padded satin stitching. The tutorial is rather long (almost 8 minutes). I filmed it in stages, from outlining, to padding, to satin stitching. I hope you find it helpful!
For more video tutorials, please visit my collection of how-to videos for hand embroidery here on Needle ‘n Thread.