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.
8 hoop, hand embroidered colorful garden elephant on canvas. Single and double thread embroidered. Done with a variety of threads & stitches. Wrapped in a beautiful silk yarn and finished off in the back with a pretty fabric and matching cording.