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How to Use Split Stitch as a Fill Stitch – video

split stitch as fill stitch

Normally split stitch is an outline stitch, but in this video I show you how to use it as a nice fill stitch.

It’s a great way to fill an area with lovely texture instead of the smooth surface you’d get by using satin stitch.

It’s also a very useful stitch to use as padding below satin stitch, to get a nice raised bed of stitching.

Using split stitch as a fill stitch is easy – there are just a couple of things to keep in mind, and I show them in this video.

Want to practice this new stitch? I used it a lot in this free embroidery pattern.

Enough is as Good as a Feast - free embroidery pattern from Shiny Happy World

Happy stitching!

Here are all my lessons for fill stitches (besides satin stitch).

Return to the Learn to Embroider main Table of Contents.

Move on to the lessons for all the other stitches.


  1. Are those chickens in the background??! Love it and thanks for your great lessons

    • It’s my daughter’s flock of chickens. Sometimes the rooster is. . . noisy. . . and the video camera picks him up. 🙂

  2. Pam Dunleavy SAYS...

    Do u use embroidery floss and if so, how many strands of floss?

    Thanks, Pam

  3. Alice SAYS...

    Thank you so much for putting these posts on here. I am just beginning to do embroidery and it is so much fun. I love all the colors and how you can paint with thread. And yet – even though I think I “get it” from books, watching you with the very clear instructions and the camera up close as you work is like having a friend in my living room.

    • Thanks so much! My husband does all the camera work and I think he does a great job of getting in close and really showing what’s going on. 🙂