Next up in our Stitch Directory is Seed Stitch. Seed stitch – or specking stitch – an old-fashioned name, but very descriptive! – is a simple filling stitch made up of small, separated back stitches of equal length.
Just like scattered seeds, you should place your stitches at random over the area you want to cover. Your stitches should be tiny and you should place them at all angles and in any direction, but do make them of more or less (don’t get too hung up on this!) equal length. Place them very irregularly and put any thoughts of making a pattern completely out of your mind – unless….
You want to stitch them in informal patterns, in lines, or following the outline of a shape. Using seed stitch like this is pretty and effective and gives a more gentle feel than French knots which are often used in a similar way to add texture to a design.
It’s also a good stitch to cover an area beneath satin stitch if you are seeking to achieve a raised effect.
I do hope that you’ve found this post useful, pop back next week when we’ll be looking at Stem Stitch!
*If you missed last week’s post about Scroll Stitch you can find it here.*