I'm new to traditional embroidery. I do well with satin stitch, but I really prefer the way a chain stitch looks for filling most things. It gives it much more texture. I stitch the chain along the edges and fill in the same way. It really accentuates the shape more than I think satin does. I'll take a picture of a weird little towel I'm working on that I tried it on.
Also surprised this one didn't get more answers. *shrug*
Here's the hand towel. It's not finished yet, but I am using the technique I described on the leaves of the lettuce.