back stitch

Back stitch is one of the quickest and easiest of embroidery stitches to master. It is predominately used as an outline stitch and is ideal for Redwork embroidery designs.

There are two things to keep in mind when learning to back stitch. One is to aim for an even stitch length. Don’t fuss too much about the length, just find a rhythm that works for you and then be consistent so that your stitches are uniform.

The second important factor that is essential for a quality result is that the stitch is worked so that there are no gaps between stitches. This means that you need to pass the needle back down into the same hole from the previous stitch. Thankfully I have prepared a video demonstration of how this stitch is worked so that you can see exactly what I mean.

On the video I demonstrate two different techniques that you can use to sew this embroidery stitch. My advice is to try both and determine which works best for you.

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Hand Embroidery: How to Work Back Stitch

2 thoughts on “Hand Embroidery: How to Work Back Stitch

  • October 2, 2010 at 9:18 am

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  • January 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I remember this technique at college when we handmade cushions for
    charity. Nice video.THANKS.

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