Parallel running stitch is just two parallel rows of running stitches,with  each stitch from each row lying one below the other. Using these as the base, many variations can be created using a different thread. I have illustrated the parallel running stitch here and two different ways it could be used. You can try out your own variations. :)

parallel running stitch
Parallel running stitch: Lay the foundation by doing two parallel twin lines of running stitch as illustrated. Note that the stitches W, X, Y, Z lie right below A, B, C and D.
       
Variety 1    
This variety makes a good edging or boundary design by giving a snake like effect. You may also incorporate some beadwork to add beauty to the work.
parallel running stitch (variety1) 1       Fig 1:  Take another thread and bring it out from near A. Take the needle under the stitches A and W, as shown. Turn around the needle and take it from under X and B. Again, turn around the needle and take it from under C and Y. Continue this process for the entire length of the two parallel rows.
Make sure not to pluck the fabric underneath, while doing this.
     
parallel running stitch (variety1) 2  
Fig 2:  A finished line of this variety would look like this. The serpentine visual makes it good for edging and boundary designs.
 
Variety 2    
Again, this variety makes a good edging or boundary design by giving a inverted ‘U’ like effect. You may also incorporate some beadwork to add beauty to the work.
 parallel running stitch (variety2) 1    Fig 1:  Now, take another thread and bring it out from near A. Take the needle under the stitches A and W, as shown. Turn around the needle and take it from under A again.
Continue this action by taking the needle under B and X, C and Y, and so forth.
Make sure not to pluck the fabric while doing this.
     
 parallel running stitch (variety2) 2
Fig 2:  This is how a finished line of this variety sample would look like.

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