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Embroidery Stitch Video Tutorial: Whipped Running Stitch


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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.

Whipped and Laced Embroidery Stitches

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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  1. what an absolutely great site, I realy do think you are doing a public service, I just love it, its like having a friend sitting next to me showing me how to do the stitches. Thank you so much
    Karen from Liverpool

  2. I love you for this great blog and the videos! Thank you soooo much! It's a great help! I mean…no one in my circle of acquaintances can do such da thing…so no one can teach me, that's really sad. But your blog is beautiful! Finally I can learn that 🙂 Bookinstructions are too difficult to understand for beginners, but your videos are soo easy too understand! Thank you! You made my day 😀

  3. Absolutely amazing site! I couldnt beleive my eyes when I saw the kind of arrangement you have done at home to make these wonderful easy to follow videos. I hope someday I would be able to share videos on ethnic Indian embroidery the way you have. I am largely inpired by you now 🙂

  4. THANK YOU…I learned to embroidery many years ago when I was a teenager and have not done any in years. Having these videos to help me return to an art form that I loved and enjoyed has been such a blessing..You have taken the *intimidation factor right out of getting started again…if every there is a day when you wonder if all the energy and effort is worth it…read my note again and remember …please continue the wonderful great work. There are many of us *out there* that are so appreciative of your efforts. Again, thanks.

  5. This site is so incredibly amazing. My current project is to embroider a baby quilt and…thank you. What a beautiful, wonderful resource.

  6. Thank you so much! Whipped running stitch looks so elegant, I had always assumed that it was difficult. I’m going to try it today.
    Warm Regards,

    1. Hi, Michelle – It can be any type of fabric for surface embroidery. It doesn’t have to be an even weave. You can use linen, cotton, muslin, silk, felt, wool – whatever you want! ~MC

    1. Michelle – I normally draw my patterns on, and follow the line of the pattern. But you can “free style” it and just stitch in whatever kind of line you want – straight, wavy, curved…. ~MC

  7. Wow, I’m so happy to have found this site. Thank you for your time and effort on providing the public which such great instruction. If only more people would be aware of how relaxing and inexpensive embroidery is. Your videos are so easy to follow as well. Thank you. I must share your site on Facebook. This is an excellent site for beginners and experts alike.

  8. boa tarde amei os pontos de bordados, parabens, sou brasileira, meu nome é maria da conceição purificati silva, sou artesã, bordadeira, gostaria de ver os videos de bordados que está em seu blog,achei muito interessante, grata, abraços Purificati, meu endereço ,

  9. Hi! Congratulations! I’d like to learn cause I have an accident and I have to do something handmade for teraphy. The problem is I live in Mexico and I dont know how to find books here. Could you help me please? Congratulations again (sorry about my English)

  10. Hi, I’m new around here and new to surface embroidery. Your videos have been great so far and, under your tutelage, I’m making my first sampler. I have a question: how do you start the second thread for a whipped stitch? It seems that the 3 methods you teach wouldn’t work in this case because you’re not actually stitching the fabric, and therefore don’t go to the back to curb the thread. Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi, Shannon – Turn your work over and whip or weave the second thread through the back of the stitches of your first line of stitches, and then go from there! ~MC

  11. Thank you so much for making these videos. My young girls were interested in learning how to make a sampler (like the one from their great,great, grandmother we have) and this is allowing us to learn.

  12. Dear Mary, I am new to embroidery. I just wanted to say Thank you for your amazing videos teaching the different stitches. They have been so helpful with my new endeavor… I know I will continue utilizing your website for a long time… Again….Thank you.

  13. I gained lot of ways of stitching and I enjoyed of sewing. Thank you so much for the guidance and valuable tutorials.

  14. Hi, I am learning the stitches from your website thank you from bottom of my heart for the videos. Need a help from you, can you please share the video of different pattern of running stitches of which you posted the photos in the page of whipped running stitch. Thank you a lot

  15. cher MARIE j,aimerais savoir si vous vendez des cd ou video de vos broderies j ,amerais bien les avoir ou bien comment je peux me les procurer merci

    1. Hello, Madeleine – thanks for your question! No, I don’t sell CDs of the embroidery stitch videos, I’m afraid. I thought about it at one point, but I changed my mind. They are not very professional videos, and I think people would not like to pay the price I would have to charge for them.

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