The All-over Stitch is a stroke stitch used to work groundings where no particular pattern is desired. The stitch is made in any direction and of any size.
It is a wonderful stitch that can add texture and interest to an embroidered piece and fits well into most design fill areas.
As can be seen in the illustration below, the finished embroidery almost resembles a crazy quilt with all the different shapes and sizes.
Care should be taken when using the All-over stitch, or any other background stitch, that it compliments, not overpowers, the principal design. The color of the silk,
as well as type of embroidery thread used, will determine the overall
look. A simple change of either can change the look of the finished
If you are looking for other background (grounding or over-all) stitches, don’t forget many of the Darning stitches. Most can be adapted to cover large areas of canvas and can be done quickly.