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The Backstitch | DIY Embroidery Stitches

The back stitch is similar to the running stitch, except that it connects the spaces as it goes. It’s great for outlining, and is used frequently in embroidery.

You’ll start with:

  • blank piece of fabric (cotton is best)
  • embroidery hoop, if you have one
  • embroidery thread
  • needle
  • scissors

Thread one end of a length of thread through your needle. Knot the far end and trim any excess. It’s helpful when first beginning to draw on the fabric with a fabric pencil, and then trace those lines or fill in those shapes with your stitches.

To do the Back Stitch

Begin by poking your needle up through the fabric at the desired starting place. Thread the needle down through the fabric at the desired distance apart to form a single stitch. Poke the needle back up through the fabric a stitch’s distance away from the end of your previous stitch.

Poke through the top of the fabric at the end of your first stitch and pull the thread through. This will create a continuous line. Repeat until the desired length is reached. 

That's the back stitch, another popular embroidery stitch.

More Basic Embroidery Stitches:

How to Back Stitch

How to Cross Stitch

Hand Sew The French Knot 

Hand Sew The Running Stitch

How to Satin Stitch

How to Split Stitch

How to Stem Stitch


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