A simple running stitch (or straight stitch) is a very basic stitch used in embroidery or hand-sewing. It look like a series of dashes; an interrupted line or outline. In essence, you run the needle in-and-out of the fabric.
In this demonstration, we are using the running stitch to outline a bird silhouette. We'll begin by threading a needle with a whole strand of embroidery floss and tying a knot at the end.
Bring the needle up through the fabric just outside of the bird silhouette.
Guide the needle back down through the fabric, approximately 1/4" away, continuing to follow the bird outline.
Bring the needle back up through the fabric a small space away (smaller than 1/4").
Repeat to bring the needle back down 1/4" away, continuing to following the bird outline.
This is what the first two stitches will look like: