Long Running Stitch

Two types of the long running stitch. Two types of the long running stitch. Drawing by Martin Hense.

The long running stitch is a variation on a running stitch, the simplest form of embroidery stitch. A running stitch is where the needle ‘runs’ along the ground material. In a ‘normal’ running stitch each stitch created is more or less of equal length and only picks up one or two threads of the ground material between two stitches. A long running stitch is slightly different from the ‘normal’ version.

There are two versions of the long running stitch: (a) where the stitch is relatively long on the surface of the ground cloth and picks up only a few of the threads of the ground material. The second form (b) consists of a long stitch on the back of the ground cloth, with a small amount of the thread showing on the surface. This version of the long running stitch could be classed as a seed stitch, but the individual stitches of the latter tend to be more closely worked to each other.

Source: THOMAS, Mary (1934). Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, London: Hodder and Stoughton, p. 177


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