Two ways to do the running stitch: First method is similar to hand sewing and can be completed by pushing the needle and floss in and over the fabric in one continuous motion Second method can be literally pushing the needle through the fabric and pulling it back up. Here I am showing you method one. Backstitch creates a solid line and is good for hand embroidering text or outlining a design. Similar to the backstitch, the split stitch creates a solid line with an added texture to it. This stitch is appropriate for text and outline as well, but it also works to fill designs and create variation from the running or backstitch. The stem stitch got its name from being the common stitch used for the stems of flowers or vines French Knots can be used to accent designs or create fun fillers for most designs. Chain stitch makes for a great outline stitch as well as a frame for a pattern or design. Another variation of a chain stitch is the feather stitch. This stitch looks great as a frame or border to an embroidered piece. Satin stitch creates a smooth appearance. I like to use this stitch to fill in hearts or the leaves of flowers. This is a version of the chain stitch often referred to as the “detached chain stitch” or “lazy daisy.” Imagine tossing the contents of a seed packet into the air and watching the seeds fall randomly on the ground. That same concept applies here.