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Quick, Easy Embroidered Filling Stitches

By July 3, 2011

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When most people think of an embroidered filling they tend to think of satin stitch, a luxurious surface stitch that lays flat and is often padded to raise the stitching off the surface for a dimensional effect.

But did you know that other common embroidery stitches can also be used as fillings and are easier to stitch?

Two of my favorite fiilling stitches are stem stitch (shown here at the top of the photo) and chain stitch (shown at the bottom).

Both are variations of these basic embroidery stitches, with the exception that they are worked in closely-spaced rows as a filling.

These stitches are easy to learn, and using them as a filling gives fabulous, quick results!

Stem stitch gives a smooth filled look, while the chain stitch has more of a textured appearance.

Both stitches work up quickly and easily, and can be used to fill both large and small areas.

If you would like to try these stitches, stem stitch filling was used in the Stem Stitch butterfly pattern, while the chain stitch filling has been used in the Fall Acorn Medallion (this project features a close-up photo of the chain stitch filling used in the acorn).

Enjoy!

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