How To: Five Handy Embroidery Stitchescomments (15) February 5th, 2016
Back Stitch: The back stitch is a great outline, especially if you want a homespun effect to your work. It's also great when using a few strands of floss to get thin, almost pen-and-ink-style line for backgrounds and fills. I've used it several times when doing black and white embroidery to add lowlights and textures. As a fill, it makes for great texture. Make the stitches in a bricklike fashion, and you've got a pretty long/short style fill (I used to call this a running stitch until I was corrected by a lovely commenter, normasews. A running stitch actually looks like a broken line! Thanks normasews!)
Since you can't start the second stitch at the end of the first without pulling the first stitch out, you need to start the stitch on the away side of the stitch.
The back stitch line should look like a perforated line in paper.
The back of the back stitch will not look like the back stitch! It should look like a running stitch when done correctly.
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