Never under-estimate a simple hand embroidery stitch!
In hand embroidery, the technique of “whipping” an embroidery stitch is a terrific thing to know. Whipping a stitch gives you a whole new stitch with a whole new look!
For whipped running stitch, first you need to know how to work the most basic embroidery stitch – the running stitch.
Whipped running stitch is a simple, quick stitch to work. This stitch is one of many line stitches that can be used for bold or delicate outlines, depending on your choice of thread.
In the photo above, the first line of stitching is a whipped stitch. In this case, it’s a backstitch, but you can achieve the same look with a running stitch.
The whipped running stitch looks great when using two colors of thread, as I did in this video tutorial. However, if you want a solid line out of one color, you can use it for that, too! You can change the look of the stitch by varying the spacing of your running stitches. To learn how to work the running stitch, you can check out the video tutorial or read the illustrated instructions.
If you want to see some examples of whipped running stitches in bold colors, you can explore the article on embroidery for children. This is a simple stitch, and kids especially love it – but it isn’t limited to kid use!
For even more information on whipped and laced embroidery stitches, you can check out this article on Whipped and Laced Stitches
The video below is somewhat old! But it’s scheduled for a re-do sometime soon!
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