Encroaching Surface Satin

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Each row of this stitch is worked between two parallel lines. The stitches are worked closely together so no fabric shows between them. The stitch provides for economical use of thread as most of the thread remains on the surface.



Establish two parallel lines in the area to be stitched. Bring the needle out at A on Line 1. Take a small stitch from B to C on Line 2.

Return to Line 1 and take a small stitch between D and E. Repeat Steps 1 and 2, working back and forth between the two lines, until the space is filled.



Establish Lines 3 and 4 parallel to Lines 1 and 2. Line 3 should be below Line 1 of the previous row. Line 4 should be about 1/3 of the distance between Line 1 and Line 2.

With a different thread, bring the needle up at F on Line 3. Take a small stitch through the fabric from G to H on Line 4. This stitch will be under CE.

Take a small stitch from I to J on Line 3. Repeat Steps 3 and 4, working between the stitches of the previous row, until the space is filled. Different values of thread may be used on each row as desired.

Diagram source: Venessa Harrold, reprinted by permission.

Bibliographic Sources

Stitch Identification Group