I don’t usually talk in my videos, but in this one, you get to hear my voice for once.
As the tutorial’s title implies, this video demonstrates the use of the basic satin stitch, which I used for Smokey the Bear‘s mouth, plus the surface satin stitch, which is also very useful for creating a sort of “painted” look on a doll or soft toy’s face.
These are two common “filling” stitches for embroidery, which means they can be used to fill large areas of embroidery.
However, I like to use the basic satin stitch when making a sort of “drawn” or “painted” line on a doll or garment, as you can see on the doll’s eyebrow and eyelashes in the doll face which I display during the video.
Of course the example on the burlap is a much larger satin stitch than the one I used on Smokey Bear and my doll’s face. But for beginners, I like to show my embroidery stitches on a large scale, so even someone who’s new to embroidery will feel more confident about experimenting with embroidery.
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