For an unbroken stitched line of hand embroidery, there’s nothing quite like the back stitch! It’s immensely popular among newer stitchers for its simplicity and clean, modern look. The stitches will cover the lines as long as your thread is thicker than the pattern’s drawn or printed line.
This is a simple outline stitch. It is one of the first stitches a beginner to hand embroidery generally learns, but even advanced stitchers use often. It can be a highly decorative stitch, either by itself or combined with other stitches. Its beauty depends on perfect regularity of the stitch length, which comes with experience. It is easiest to work on even thread-count fabrics, but is perfect as a basic stitch on any fabric!
As the name implies, you take a step back with your needle for each stitch. Each stitch begins where the previous stitch ended. Then you bring your needle up on your drawn line with about the same spacing.
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The back stitch is perfect for adding stitches to doodles and sketches, like this happy little pink pig!