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.
Variety 1Variety 2
|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.|
|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.
|Fig 2:A finished line of this variety would look like this. The serpentine visual makes it good for edging and boundary designs.|
|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.
|Fig 2: This is how a finished line of this variety sample would look like.|