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Stitchtember - Day 14 - Laced Running Stitch

Updated: Sep 15, 2023

Time for a decorative stitch for day 14 of Stitchtember. The laced running stitch is ideal for borders and outlines. Work a few rows of laced running stitch together to create a textured look. Create different looks by varying the thread colour used for the running stitch and lacing.

Laced running stitch tutorial


· Fabric – cotton or linen fabric works well. I used osnaburg fabric which is 100% seeded cotton, but you can use any spare fabric you already have.

· Stranded embroidery thread

· Needle

· Scissors


· Embroidery hoop

During this tutorial, I am using osnaburg 100% cotton seeded fabric, green, orange and purple DMC stranded cotton embroidery thread, a hand embroidery needle and a 5” DMC beechwood embroidery hoop. I've chosen contrasting colours so the stitches are easily visible for this tutorial.

1. Thread your needle using stranded embroidery thread. For this tutorial I start by using four strands of green DMC embroidery thread. You can choose how many strands of thread you work with.

2. Work a running stitch. Click here for the running stitch tutorial.

3. Thread your needle with the thread you would like to use for the lacing. I am using all six strands of orange DMC embroidery thread.

4. Bring your needle up at point 1, just before the start of your running stitch.

5. Gently slide your needle and thread under the first stitch, working from the top to the bottom.

6. Then repeat for the next stitch, directing your needle from bottom to top.

7. Continue this process until you reach the end of your running stitch.

8. To finish the laced running stitch, insert your needle at point 2.

9. Create different effects by leaving the lacing stitches more relaxed as you pull the thread through the running stitch.

Interlaced Running Stitch Tutorial

1. To work an interlaced running stitch, start by working a laced running stitch.

2. Bring your needle up at point 1.

3. Gently slide your needle under the first running stitch, working from bottom to top.

4. Then slide your needle under the second stitch, working from top to bottom.

5. Continue this process until you reach the end of your running stitch.

15. To complete your interlaced running stitch, insert your needle into point 2.

16. Your laced and interlaced running stitch is complete.

Laced and interlaced running stitch top tips:

  • Vary the number of threads you work with to create different effects

  • Use different thread colours for the laced and interlaced running stitch, as shown in the tutorial, or use one colour to create a different look

Happy stitching!

Hannah x


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