Send your needle back in to the fabric following the same line approximately 1/8-1/4" from where you came up.
Reach around the bottom and pull the needle until all of the floss is through to the back. That is the running stitch.
Now it's time to end the stitch. You can tie a knot on the back, but I like to weave my ends in instead. Why? It's easy and it looks nicer. Now that being said, if I were stitching on clothing or something that would be moving or getting washed a lot, then I would definitely tie a knot instead.
Using the needle point send the needle under your last full stitch.
Pull the floss all the way through and then send the needle through the next stitch. Make sure you're not catching any fabric when doing this.
Do this for about 5 to 6 stitches, you just want to make sure if the floss were to come out of a stitch or two it would still be secure.
Trim the thread.
Now you are ready to begin the second row, but before you do, let's separate the thread. This row will use five strands instead of six. That way you can use this sampler as a reference for thickness as well.
You most likely have enough thread left to continue using what is on your needle already. To separate it, you'll need to take the floss off the needle though. Start by finding one of the strands of floss at the end. Give it a little pull while holding the three strands in your hand. The remaining threads will bunch up a bit. When they do pull them back down to straighten and then pull the single strand from the top again. Hopefully, if everything goes well, you should have five strands together and one loose strand. Set that one strand aside and you can use it for the last row later.
Tangling; Floss can tangle pretty easy, the secret is never pull anything too hard, if you are gentle about pulling threads then the knots or tangles usually stay loose enough that you can work them out without too much headache. Every now and then, you just have to cut the darn thread out and start over if your tangle won't come undone!
Let's say you make a mistake, maybe you stitch wasn't as straight as you were hoping for or maybe it was too long... you know how it goes. Good news, when embroidering it's super easy to fix those mistakes. Take the needle off of the floss and slide it under the stitch that you want to remove.
Give it a tug until the floss is out. Thread your needle and resew the stitch.
Okay, get all six of those running stitch rows finished up and I will be back tomorrow with the back stitch.
Hop you're having fun!
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