- Tacking stitch
This stitch consists of several parallel rows of a long version of running stitch. Only a tiny amount of fabric is picked up by each stitch so the thread covers most of the stitched area. Geometric patterns can be built up by varying the arrangement of the stitches. In this example, a simple brick pattern arrangement is formed by offsetting the stitches.
Work a long running stitch picking up only a small amount of fabric in between the stitches.
Work the second row in the same way, but arranging the stitches to make a simple brick pattern as shown.
Work the third row in line with the first so that the brick pattern is being built up.
Structure of stitch
Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.72–3
Kate Haxell, The Stitch Bible (2012)
Jennifer Campbell, Ann-Marie Bakewell, Guide to Embroidery Stitches (2004) , p.51
Sarah Whittle, The Needlecraft Stitch Directory (2012)