- Single satin stitch
- Stroke stitch
Straight stitch is literally a stitch which is straight.
It can be worked in any thread and can add areas of interest and texture through small and delicate stitches or larger and heavier ones. Straight stitch is a particularly useful stitch when working with fine silk ribbons. Groups of single straight stitches, worked using thread, ribbon or a combination of both, can be used to create clumps of grasses, legs of insects, leaf veins and so on.
Work groups of single straight stitches with a thread to create a clump of grass. Always pull the thread through completely at the start and end of each stitch.
To make a straight stitch with ribbon, pass the ribbon through to the front of the fabric. Hold it taut in your left hand and take the needle down through the centre of the ribbon.
Pull the fabric through to the back of the fabric.
Use the ribbon to make some more stitches of varying length.
Structure of stitch
Identifying Straight stitch
Straight stitch can be identified as a single straight stitch in any thread including ribbon, and often worked in groups to create the look of grass, leaves etc.
Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.194
Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.269
Anchor Embroidery, 100 Embroidery Stitches
Jennifer Campbell, Ann-Marie Bakewell, Guide to Embroidery Stitches (2004) , p.91
Sarah Whittle, The Needlecraft Stitch Directory (2012) , p.146