The whipped running stitch is a quick and easy way to outline a shape, giving texture to the line and producing a twisted cord effect. You can either use the same color thread, or a contrast — even use different weights of threads for different effects. Use a metallic gold or silver for weaving thread to add some quick and easy bling to your embroidery project. This is also called the Cordonnet stitch.
A line of running stitches is whipped with a second thread from top of the stitch down, weaving through the running stitches, not picking up any of the base fabric. Shorter running stitches and heavier threads enhance the twisted texture of this stitch.
Here is how to do the Whipped Running Stitch
Begin by marking your line or shape. Outline the shape or stitch the line with a basic running stitch. To do a basic running stitch, insert your needle at A and back up at B. Continue like this for your line or around your shape.
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Here is a line of running stitched, just waiting for embellishment!
Now you are ready to whip a 2nd thread in and around your running stitch. Come up with your 2nd thread about mid point below the first stitch in your row or shape. See A below.
Tip: Use a tapestry needle that has a dull point for the whipping to make it easy to slide the thread in and out of the running stitches.
Then, take your needle and thread it through the top of the next running stitch, from top to bottom. You can see I’m using a contrasting thread.
Continue to weave your 2nd thread from the top to the bottom through all of your running stitches on your line or shape.
Here is the finished sample of the first line of the whipped running stitch, with a blue stitch wrapped in an orange pearl cotton.
Here is another sample using three rows of running stitch close together to give a different effect.
Here are both sample stitches, showing how it can be varied by size of running stitch and using multiple lines.
Here is another sample of the whipped running stitch using the same color thread and contrasting threads.
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