Five Basic Stitches Used in Cross Stitch Embroidery:Step five
In this lesson, you will learn how to back stitch a
To learn to stitch a back stitch line, you will need:
a pair of sharp scissors
a small embroidery hoop
a piece of 11-count Aida fabric large enough to overlap the
hoop by a few inches
a short length of embroidery floss - any color
a size 24 tapestry needle.
Find and mark the center of the fabric. Place the fabric in
the hoop and set aside. Cut a 12 to 14 inch length of
six-strand embroidery floss. Separate out two strands and
thread the tapestry needle.
When back stitching, it is helpful to start with a waste knot.
Place the waste knot near the edge of the hoop. Count over two
squares from the center of the fabric and bring the threaded
needle up from the back of the fabric. The waste knot will
keep the floss from pulling through to the front of the fabric
as you stitch.
Insert the needle in the hole in the
Aida square that is immediately to the right of the hole you
brought the floss through. See the image above for guidance.
Throughout this lesson, you will move your stitching hand from
the back of the fabric to the front of the fabric as needed.
Draw the needle and floss to the back
of the fabric. Insert the needle in the next empty hole to the
right on the fabric and draw the needle and floss to the front
of the fabric. Do not pull the stitches too tightly or leave
them too loose. You will learn how much tension to put on the
floss as you stitch.
Insert the needle in the hole to the
left of the one you just drew the floss through to complete
the first stitch. The photo shows the floss being drawn to the
back of the fabric.
The image above shows two completed
back stitches. Where will the next one start in the line?
Did you get it? Of course - start the
third back stitch as shown, bringing the floss up from the
back to the front of the fabric.
Insert the needle as indicated to
complete the third stitch. You have completed a line of back