The backstitch is a simple stitch for embroidering lines, and with just a little practice you’ll master a stitch that will take you far. Overall, we move along the line from right to left. Each stitch, however, starts by moving backwards along the line, giving the backstitch its name.
How to Embroider the Backstitch
Bring the needle up through the fabric one stitch away from the end of the line to be embroidered. Put the needle down through the fabric at the end of the line, and bring it up one stitch length beyond where you first came up.
To make the next stitch, put the needle down through the fabric where the previous stitch ends, and bring it up again a stitch length beyond the spot where the thread emerges from the fabric.
Continue along the line, putting the needle down through the fabric where the previous stitch ends and coming up a stitch length beyond the spot where the thread emerges from the fabric.
For the best effect, try to keep the stitches the same length.
I’ll be leading an embroidery workshop featuring the backstitch and this little dove on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Beetle and Fred in Beacon, New York. If you’re in the area, join us! Or visit the Sew Jewish Shop online to order your own Little Dove Embroidery Kit.
Maria Bywater is the author of Sew Jewish: The 18 Projects You Need for Jewish Holidays, Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Celebrations, and Home. She teaches hands-on Judaica sewing workshops.