Learn to: EMBROIDERY – back stitch

Here is the third installment of the ‘learn how to: embroidery series’ which covers the back stitch. So lets get right into it!

If you missed the first and second installments of this series, you can find those posts here:

HOW TO: EMBROIDERY – 1. prepping the hoop

HOW TO: EMBROIDERY – 2. running stitch


1. Cut a piece of embroidery thread/floss no longer than around 40cm. You could make it longer, but it will be a little cumbersome to deal with. Thread one side of the thread through the embroidery needle and pull through around 5-10cm of the thread. Tie a knot at the other end of the floss.

You can start embroidering now!

2. Thread your piece of floss through the back of your work until the knot stops you going any further. Then thread your needle through the front of your work as shown above and pull all the way through. You can make these stitches as long as you like. I don’t generally make them longer than 1cm as I like to work on small hoops and I like to be able to make curves and details on my work.


3. Thread your needle through the back of your work again. Then thread it through the previous stitch hole as shown above. Hence the name ‘back stitch’. Make sure in each stitch to pull the floss taut so it looks nice and neat and to avoid tangles in the back of your work.


4. Repeat the last step until the end of your work or thread. Here you can see the comparison between the running stitch in dark pink and the back stitch in light pink above it.

The back stitch is a nice alternative to the running stitch when you want a more solid line when outlining something.

Keep checking in for more stitches to come!

LOve <3