running stitch

The running stitch
is the beginning of a journey.
Once learned
it will open up a world of possibilities…

Begin with:

— a threaded needle and knotted thread
{click here to learn how to get that far}

— a 6” by 12” piece of light, crisp fabric
{cotton or linen will do nicely}

— a feeling of confident anticipation
{because by the end of today, you’ll know how to stitch!}

Holding the fabric so that it's tall (not wide),
insert the needle from back to front 1/2” away from the upper-right corner.

Pull the thread all the way though, until the knot catches,
so that the thread is anchored in the fabric with the knot hidden on the backside of the work.

Insert the needle front to back just to the left of where you’ve anchored your thread.
This time, don’t pull the needle all the way through, but push the tip back up through the fabric.

Once the tip of the needle has poked through, push it back down through the fabric.
Repeat this rocking motion until you have a few stitches on the needle…

...then pull the needle
all the way through.

Now you know the running stitch - simple!
Not exactly easy yet, but it will be soon - with practice!

Speaking of practice...
I told you to use a piece of fabric of a certain size on purpose.

If you continue to follow along in this simple-sewing-series,
at the end you will have a finished project!

A finished project is always nicer
than a simple practice swatch, don't you think?

So, continue stitching
across the short edge of the fabric.

Once you're at the end you'll want to tie another knot.
A different sort of knot than before.

To do so, take one more little stitch,
but don't pull the thread all the way through.

Take the loop of thread you've made
and twist it into a figure-8.

Insert your needle through each of the two loops
formed by the figure-8 of thread.

Gently pull the long tail of thread
to tighten the figure-8 around the needle.

Finally, pull the needle all the way through.
There! You've made your knot!

It's now safe to snip the thread -
just not too close to the knot, or the end with slip back through.

Excellent job!
Take a deep breath and admire your work!

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