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Satin Column

What it is

Satin stitch is mostly used for borders, letters or small fill areas.

Stitch Types - Satin Column

How to create

  • Add a contour to a path object (with no filling).
  • Set contour width to the size you want your satin stitch to be.
  • Run Extensions > Ink/Stitch > Satin Tools > Convert Line to Satin
  • Optionally run Extensions > Ink/stitch > Satin Tools > Auto-route Satin...
  • Use as-is or customize rungs or rails

Manual Satin Column

You define a satin column using a shape made of two mostly-parallel lines. Ink/Stitch will draw zig-zags back and forth between the two lines. You can vary the thickness of the column as you like.

  • Combine two strokes with Path > Combine or hit Ctrl+K.
  • Check path directions. For the satin column to work, they have to be equal.
    If they are not, with the Node Editor Tool (N) select one point of one sub-path and run Path > Reverse. This will reverse only the selected sub-path.
  • Use node or rung method as described below.
  • Then select your satin column and run params through Extensions > Ink/Stitch > Params or a custom shortcut key.

Node Method

Satin Column Boat Depending on the complexity of your design, this method might be time consuming, because the two paths must have the same number of points. This means that each path will be made up of an equal number of Bezier curves. Each pair of points acts as a “checkpoint”: Ink/Stitch will ensure that a “zag” ends up going from one point to the other.

Rung Method

Satin Column chefshat The rung method will give you more control over the way the satin column is rendered. Good positioning of points on each of the two lines helps getting the stitch directions right. However, there are situations where you need to add direction lines (“rungs”) for satin columns:

  • Some tricky corner areas
  • Complicated drawings where moving points is both difficult and time consuming
  • Special situations where you want the stitch directions to be weird

Manual adding of rungs

  • Make sure the existing satin column path (with the two subpaths) is selected with the Node Editor tool.
  • Press P or select the Pencil Tool.
  • Hold Shift.
  • Click once at the start of the rung.
  • Click a second time at the end of the rung.

    Rungs in Action

    Original design by Liv Iko edited by EDUTECH Wiki

Info: We strongly recommend to use at least three rungs. If you use exactly two rungs (and two rails) it is hard for Ink/stitch to decide which is which.


Running Extensions > Ink/Stitch > Params will give you the possibility to fine-tune your satin column and to use underlay.

For detailed information read through the Satin Params section.

Read also this excellent article on satin column design.

Satin Tools

Make sure to have a look at the Satin Tools. They will make your life with Satin Columns a lot easier.

Sample Files Including Satin Column


Applique example file

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Fringe example file

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Ink/Stitch logo as SVG file, digitized version and branding guide.

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Monogram Frame

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Satin Stitch Edges

Sample file for satin stitch edges

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