Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Double Running Stitch (Embroidery How-To)

The double running stitch is a easy variation of the running stitch. 

The end result looks similar to a back stitch, but it's worked in a different manner. 

This simple stitch can be worked with two different colors of thread to create a unique beautiful look.

This is part of the Heart Sampler Stitch Along. Be sure to come back each day to learn a new embroidery stitch. Tomorrow we will learn the Whipped Running Stitch.


double running stitch


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One distinguishing feature of the double running stitch is that it is the same on both sides of the fabric. The back of your work should look the same as the front.

It is used a lot in blackwork embroidery and Assisi embroidery. And of course it can be used in any embroidery project you'd like.

Double running stitches can be worked in a straight line to create an outline stitch. Or it can be used as a filling stitch to make geometric patterns and designs. 

Other names for the double running stitch include: 
  • Holbein stitch (most common alternate name, named after Hans Holbein, a German painter)
  • Assisi stitch
  • line stitch
  • two-sided line stitch
  • two-sided stroke stitch
  • square stitch
  • Roumanian stitch
  • Chiara stitch

Information about this stitch was learned from the books Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches and The Essential Book of Embroidery Stitches.


For this tutorial, I am using all the strands of floss. I like the look of a big thick line of stitching. And it makes it easy to see while demonstrating.

However you can use any number of strands you'd like to fit the embroidery project you are working on.

Check out the video tutorial for a visual demonstration.

Begin by sewing a running stitch.

When you get to the end of the line you are working on, you will make a return journey back to the starting point.

I used a different color of thread to demonstrate, and I really like how it looks! 

Basically fill in the empty spaces between the existing stitches by working a running stitch in the opposite direction. 

Want to watch the video?  ↓↓Click the link ↓↓
→How to Sew the Double-Running Stitch←


Coming soon:

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 collage of how to sew a double running stitch

collage showing how to do the double running stitch

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