This page shows 4 decorative borders that can be created with running stitches. If you are teaching little children to embroider, these 4 stitches can be taught after you teach them to do the running stitch. These stitches can be added to pillow covers and kerchiefs.
Laced Parallel Running Stitch
Make a base with parallel running stitches. Note how the parallel stitches are stacked directly on top of each other.
Lace the needle through two stitches as shown below. The needle is facing down.
Then the needle makes a U turn and is laced through the next pair of parallel stitches.
This weaving motion can be a fun stitching exercise for 6 – 8 year old kids.
This is also a good exercise to teach kids to gently pull the thread when sewing with hand. When pulled hard, the stitch will be distorted. They can be taught to apply uniform tension through out so that every stitch will be look the same.
Laced Stepped Running Stitch
Laced stepped running stitch is worked between 2 parallel running stitches but note how the the stitches in the parallel lines are placed like bricks on the wall.
Work 2 rows of running stitches like shown below.
Start in the middle of A
With the needle facing downwards, lace the needle through stitch B in line #2.
Now turn the needle in up and lace through stitch D and go back to A.
Turn the needle downwards and lace the needle through stitches C and D.
Go up by lacing through F and then C.
Continue lacing like this while paying attention to keep the loops the same size.
Completed work will look like this.
Twisted Laced Stepped Running Stitch
Twisted laced stepped running stitch is an easy border stitch where thread is laced and twisted around the base running stitches.
Start by stitching two parallel rows of running stitches. The stitches are placed in a brick like pattern.
Bring the needle up at A. Lace through A and B.
Go down and lace the needle through C while passing under the stitch that was made just now.
Go up and lace needle through D while passing under the stitch that was made just now.
Repeat the steps as shown below.
Completed work should look like this.
Looped Parallel Running Stitch
A base is first stitched with 2 rows of parallel running stitches and then thread is looped through the stitches.
For this stitch, the parallel stitches are stacked on top of each other. As you can see in the picture below, for the other two borders, the stitches are stacked like bricks.
Lace the needle through the two rows as shown below.
Then go back to line 1 and lace through the same stitch again.
Now go to the next pair of stitches and lace through them.
Continue till the end.
These simple embroidery stitches are colorful activities for improving fine motor skills and concentration in children.