Satin stitch is great for adding big splashes of color to your embroideries... filling in letters and shapes and all kinds of things!
Satin stitch can be done in many ways. You can outline a shape with backstitching and then fill it in. You can do satin stitch on its own with no outline. You can also backstitch an outline and then satin stitch completely over it to get a slightly raised area.
To practice satin stitch, first draw a simple shape on your fabric. Then use a backstitch to outline it. Then you'll simply go back and forth across the shape (I always like to start in the middle, but it's personal preference.) until it's filled in. Try it again using the other two methods!
The two most important things about satin stitch are:
You can also do satin stitch without an outline, and it looks fantastic that way! For some folks that makes it easier - just keep practicing and figure out what works best for you. :)
(I've included a photo of Nicolas Cage's eyebrow to give you an idea of what you can do without outlines!)