Satin Stitch

Satin Stich MamaShire

When I work on an embroidery I typically stay away from stitching the satin stitch. If a pattern calls for a satin stitch, I will just change the stitch and go on my merry way. Now, I think it’s a very lovely stitch, but it requires some concentration and I might just have a few struggles in that area. However, we do have a hand embroidery business and I have a daughter who thinks that the satin stitch is the best stitch ever. So I am trying to come to terms with it and master it once and for all.


Our new embroidery pattern, “Fruit of the Spirit”, will be featuring this stitch in several places, and I will be getting my practice in as I complete the sample. It seems that stitching a single thread of floss along the border and then doing the satin stitch over that helps keep my stitches more uniform.


I think it’s growing on me. I’m actually starting to think of how we can incorporate it into some of our other new designs for Clementine Patterns.

SatinStitch MamaShire

Have you ever done hand embroidery? What type of stitches are your favorite?

  1. The satin stitch looks beautiful. It adds an extra special touch.

    • MamaShire (Author)

      Thanks, Christa! It really is a beautiful stitch. I am trying to slow done and enjoy it. 🙂

  2. Theresa

    I love you beautiful embroidery!! It inspires me to take up embroidery again. It’s been decades since I last embroidered anything. I would like to teach my two youngest daughters this fine art. Do you have any suggestions for beginner projects? A few years ago I did teach all my girls basic embroidery stitches, but that’s as far as I went. Thank you!!

  3. Sharon

    Well done! I too dislike the satin stitch. I usually do the outline as you show and then a few more lines inside the outline to “pad” the stitch. To have a nice smooth satin look, I will separate the strands and thread them through the needle so that when I make the stitch, I can use a spare needle or awl to make sure that the strands are parallel and not twisted as I tighten them up. A little extra time, but worth it!

    • MamaShire (Author)

      Thank you, Sharon! That’s a great idea.

  4. Robin, what stitch did you use to outline first?

    • MamaShire (Author)

      Christa, I used the backstitch for the outline. It really makes a difference to me to be able to stitch over those lines.


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