Learning Embroidery: The Satin Stitch


Hi, so today I’m going to be teaching you how to do our second embroidery stitch, which is the Satin Stitch. At times you will hear me referring to it as the “fill-in stitch” because I know some people prefer to use that term. So, grab your supplies and let’s go. For this video, you’re going to need: your embroidery hoop, seam gauge, a colored pencil, chalk, or other marking utensil; a pair of shears, a needle, 18 inches of the first embroidery thread, the second embroidery floss, and either the piece of fabric that we used to embroider on last time or a new piece of fabric that’s about 7 by 7. If you’re using the piece of fabric that you used last time, you might want to iron it just because it will be easier to work with. The “fill-in stitch” [Satin Stitch] is exactly what you think it is. It’s basically where you take embroidery floss, and you fill something in with it. So before we get into the stitch itself, I’m going to ask you to draw two things. So the two things I want you to draw are an “I” and a “C”. Place your fabric on the embroidery hoop, so that there’s a bit of space from everything, so that you can practice. Then measure out 18 inches of embroidery floss and be sure to split the halves, so that you only have three threads that are going through the needle. And then be sure to knot it and cut off the ends. If you’re having difficulty threading up your needle like this either because you don’t remember how to, or you just don’t know, go look at the previous embroidery video I did on the Chain Stitch, because it lays it out step-by-step for you. So, once you’re ready to start, grab your needle. Poke your needle through. And then push the needle through a bit away from it. And then where you put your needle previously, have your needle come back up right next to it, like this. And then have your needle go right back down right next to the last stitch. And then if you see a little gap, just come up right next to them—on this side. And if you get too close to the holes then it might come out, then you’re going to have to redo it again, just so you know. And then put the needle down, right about where the other two are. Basically what you’re doing is imagine when you’re trying to color something, with like a color pencil, or marker or something like that. And how you basically go like this—back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. Well that’s basically what you’re doing with embroidery floss, just going [makes sound effect for coloring something quickly]. So when you’re trying to make it go back and forth, make sure where you put the needle down, that’s also the same side where you’re going to come back out. And then go to the other side, because otherwise you’re just going to have a giant mess underneath it. And basically keep doing this until you feel like you have it all filled in. And just like last time when you were ending a stitch, just turn it over. So if you did it right, the underside should look like this: where there weren’t a bunch of lines crossing each other, because they were all crossing over the top. And then just like last time, just knot it through. And then when you feel like you’re done, just cut off the thread. So now thread up your needle with the same embroidery floss that you used for the Chain Stitch. And now what you’re going to do is you’re going to take your embroidery floss, and outline over the two letters with the Chain Stitch. Once you’re done, it should look like this. Now thread up your needle with your second color of embroidery floss. Pull your needle through with your thread bring it to the opposite side, and put your needle down, and have it go through. And then on the same side that you put your needle in, pull your needle out. And then put [your needle] in the other side. And then once again on the side that you put your needle in, pull your needle out. And then put it in the other side. And the more you do it, the better it looks. If you did it right, then it should look like this, with just two points on either side without thread that’s connecting it, because it should just only be only on the other side that does that. And now just go down this entire thing with doing that. If you did it right, it should look like this. You can tell that I messed up once, but you can see that there are the different dots for where the [Satin Stitch] was, and then where the outline was. And the thing I like about the [Satin Stitch] is that it just looks nice when you finish it. And the more stitches that you do, the better it looks. Let’s move on to other letter. Because a “C” has more curves on it than an “I” does, you’re going to be using more embroidery floss— you’re going to fill in more because you’re going to have more gaps as it goes around. So once you’re done, it should look like this. And as you can tell from the back, I did a lot better than I did the previous time where I didn’t have any crossing over. If you want more practice, you can fill in the letters of the embroidery you did last time. Or you can just make a square or something, and you can just fill it in. This is going to be the last embroidery stitch you’re going to be learning about for a while, because now we have a few projects to do. If you want to be notified on when I’ll be uploading a new video, go ahead and subscribe. If you want to follow me on social media, there are links in the description below. And until next time, I’ll see you later.