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.
It is part of the line stitch embroidery family and is a simple and quick stitch to work, but can add visual interest to your embroidery project. It is perfect for stitching monograms.
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. The whipped thread does not stitch through your fabric, but is woven through the running stitches.
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The whip stitch is also used in sewing, knitting and crochet projects. In sewing projects, the needle goes in and out of the fabric to stitch two fabrics together. It is often used to close gaps or for mending.
Here is another sample of the whipped running stitch using the same color thread and contrasting threads.
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You might also enjoy the laced running stitch and the laced double running stitch.