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Whipped Running stitch

Whipped Running stitch

The Whipped running stitch is a decorative variation of the Running stitch. This stitch is made in two steps. First, we embroider a simple running stitch and then whip it with another thread. For example, you can use the same color thread to make a straight raised line or two contrasting colors to create a rope-like line.

Applications of the stitch

The Whipped running stitch is excellent for simple decorative border designs. Besides that, you can use this stitch for lettering or outlines.

Embroidery tips

  • Make all the running stitches the same length so the final rope will be twisted equally.
  • For whipping stitches – use a blunt needle. The tapestry needle or the back of the working needle will work great. Be careful not to snag the running stitch or the fabric under and not to hurt your fingers if you use the eye of a regular embroidery needle.
  • If you want to use two colors for this stitch, remember that a whipping thread will be more visible than the base running stitch thread.

More decorative stitches from the Running stitch family:

Video tutorial

Watch the video tutorial below and learn how to embroider the Whipped running stitch.

What's next?

Looking for some other stitch? Head to this blog’s Stitches and Techniques part and choose the stitch you want to learn!

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