This is how you get really smooth, lovely satin stitches. Outline in split or chain stitch, fill in the area with chain or long & short stitches, and then do the satin stitch. The underlying stitches support the satin stitch and help it to lay smoothly.

Stitches in Laid Work, Two More Methods- Brick Pattern for Tying Threads- Two more stitches from those which were originally reserved for embroidery on silk and velvet and are generally termed laid work. For a more comprehensive discussion, please see Plaited Stitch.

Stitches in Laid Work: Brick Pattern for Tying Threads / stitches for embroidery on silk and velvet are termed laid work / see Plaited Stitch