"Laid work" is a much more economical method of producing an effect than by working the design in satin stitch. In laid work all the silk is on the surface of the material, as the term implies, while satin stitch is taken under and over, and there is as much on one side as the other; but a richer effect is got from the silk worked in satin stitch, as the run of the silk is in one direction, and it thus gives a brighter appearance.