Holbein (Double Running) Stitch

Double Running Straight Journey
Double Running Straight Journey

The double running stitch is also known as the Holbein stitch and Assisi stitch. It is used especially in reversible Blackwork where you want the back of your work to look exactly as the front of your work. For this stitch series, work a line of running stitches of all the same length and equally spaced along the design line. Then you reverse and come back along the line same line filling in between the stitched line.

TIPS: This stitch is wonderful for doing table linens where the back will be easily viewed. Also, use shorter lengths of thread than usual so that there is reduced fraying which can become readily apparent when you do the return stitching.

Double Running Simple Side Journey
Double Running Simple Side Journey

Double Running Variations
Double Running Variations



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