Padded satin stitch (split stitch padding)
- Raised satin stitch
- French plumetis stitch
Padded satin stitch is a satin stitch with padding underneath the stitching to create a raised motif. This technique catches the light, particularly in monochrome embroidery.
This method of padding uses split stitch, and it is usually best used for long, narrow, curved shapes. For an alternative method and more background see the entry for Padded satin stitch (laid work padding).
Outline your shape with split stitch.
Keep your stitches small (approximately 3-4mm) and the line as neat as possible as this will dictate the shape of your satin stitch shape.
Starting within the outlined shape work back and forth with rows of split stitch. Use stitches that are longer than those used for the outline. A thicker thread may be used.
Add further layers of split stitch over the first layer until you have as much padding as you require.
Beginning halfway along one side, bring the needle up just outside the split stitch outline. Hold the thread to set the angle of the first stitch and take the needle down accordingly, just outside the split stitch.
Bring the needle up on the first side, very close to the first stitch. Make a second stitch, angling the needle towards the previous stitch and towards the split stitch.
Begin again in the middle. This time bring the needle up on the other side of the shape, and angle the needle towards the previous stitch as before.
Continue working the satin stitch towards the opposite corner until the shape is complete.
Structure of stitch
S. F. A. Caulfield, Blanche C. Saward, The Dictionary of Needlework (1882) , p.192
Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.331