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Stitchtember - Day 2 - Back Stitch

Welcome back to day 2 of Stitchtember! Our second stitch tutorial is the back stitch. It’s quite similar to the running stitch but instead of leaving gaps in between your stitches, you continuously work back on yourself to create a solid line of stitching. It’s a very useful stitch and can be used as both a decorative and functional stitch. You can incorporate back stitch into your embroidery designs, and it can be used in replacement of machine sewing, for some projects. Back stitch also works well when stitching lettering.


Materials:

· Fabric – cotton, linen or felt fabric works well. I used osnaburg fabric which is 100% seeded cotton, but you can use any spare fabric you already have.

· Stranded embroidery thread

· Needle

· Scissors


Optional:

· Embroidery hoop


1. Thread your needle using stranded embroidery thread. You can choose how many strands of embroidery thread you would like to work with. For this tutorial I am using four strands of black DMC embroidery thread. Tie a knot at one end of the thread.


2. Bring your needle through from the back of the fabric to the front at point 1. This will be the starting point of the running stitch.

3. Gently pull your needle and thread all the way through so your knot is secure on the back of the fabric.

4. Put your needle back into the fabric at point 2.

5. Gently pull the needle and thread through the fabric until your stitch has formed.

6. Bring your needle back up at point 3, leaving a gap the same length as your first stitch.

7. Gently pull the needle and thread through the fabric so it’s secure on the back of the fabric.

8. Then put your needle down at point 4, the end of your last stitch. Gently pull the needle and thread through to the back of the fabric, until your second stitch has formed.

9. Bring your needle up at point 5, keeping your stitches of equal length.

10. Then put your needle down at point 6, the end of your last stitch.

11. Pull your needle and thread through to the back of the fabric until your stitch has formed.

12. Continue this method until you reach the end of you back stitch.


Back stitch top tips:

  • Try not to pull the thread too much, otherwise your fabric may pucker and the stitches will sit too tight against your fabric

  • Vary the amount of threads used to create different looks

  • When stitching a curved line, work smaller back stitches to help create a smooth curved line

  • Vary the stitch length to create different effects

Happy Stitching!

Hannah x


Back Stitch Video Tutorial:


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21 sept. 2023

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