The double running stitch is a great stitch for working long lines. The stitch is both decorative as well as a functional hand stitch and is great for hand stitching seam lines. It is also called a Holbein stitch, Assisi, Roumanian and Chiara stitch.
The stitch is worked by doing a line of the running stitch, then passing back and stitching the gaps. The stitch looks the same on both the front and the back. The stitch can be worked on both straight and curved lines. It also can be worked in a zigzag format with diagonal lines. It can be used as an outline stitch, or as a filling stitch when it is duplicated in multiple lines or patterns forming geometric patterns.
This stitch is commonly used with counted stitch and cross stitch embroidery projects, common in European countries, like blackwork in Spain and Assisi stitching popular in Italy
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Below is a sampler for the double running stitch that shows different threads and how they look.
Row 1: Pearle cotton size 12
Row 2: Pearle cotton size 5
Row 3: Pearl cotton size 8, one color one direction, a different color the other direction
Row 4: Pearl cotton size 5, variegated
Row 5: Pearl cotton size 5, slightly variegated yellow tones
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Have fun with more variations on the running stitch!