When I wrote Hand Sewing Magic I did stitch variations for the stitches that I wrote directions for. It was my most favorite part of writing that. I decided to revisit that part of the book with something I’m calling Stitch Studies.
They are more artistic than what I did for the book since I’m creating some interest with different fabrics. They are a kind of love letter to hand stitching. Just quietly getting to know each kind of stitch really well.
Running Stitch is the unsung hero of the hand stitching world. It’s not fancy, it’s not complicated. But it’s by far one of my favorites. I think it’s simplicity is why, you can do a lot with it. Think of Kantha stitching, sashiko, even hand quilting. Running stitch. Just there, doing it’s thing.
I’m working on another stitch study. Also a basic stitch. I may wander away from it to explore something more fancy. Any suggestions on which stitch I should study next? Do you have a favorite hand stitch that you always come back to again and again?