Our friend Susan O’Dee (Mistress Briony, as she is known in the Society for Creative Anachronism) is a talented embroidery expert from New York State. Recently, we asked her what the top ten most useful embroidery stitches were, specifically for pre-1600 AD projects. She came out with a great list and graciously offered to film them for us. Number eight on the the list is the double running stitch. The stitch is key to producing good period blackwork. The basic element is placing a stitch at even spacing (three counts for this video) with a gap of the same spacing before beginning the next stitch and then doubling back to fill the gaps on the return.
Additional thanks to Pakshalika Kananbala for filming and editing the video.