Double back stitch patterns

My apologies for being so far off schedule and missing a post yesterday. I’ve just finished taking 3 posts worth of photos to make sure I have some back up posts in the future. Yesterday, I didn’t started editing my photographs until I was ready to start the post last night. A very bad idea. I had to retake a number of them this morning. And, of course, there were other duties to be done for today. It’s been rather non-stop around here.

Today’s post is about a special type of back stitch called the double back stitch. It is a pattern that can be used for regular, pulled fabric/thread work and shadow work. It’s a easy concept and I’ve tried to provide some rough stitch diagrams to illustrate it here. These diagrams do not show any amount of pull exerted on the fabric threads. Naturally, the amount of pull exerted will affect the look of the completed work.

Below is a stitch diagram of the basic double back stitch pattern. This shows the stitch worked over three threads but it may also be worked over two threads. It just depends upon the fabric being used and the look you want to achieve. I will try to use some other fabric in some of the upcoming posts to give an idea of that. The fabric in this post is not the best for pulled work but on the other hand it is what I use for other embroidery. These samples reflect what would happen if I incorporated the pulled work into my normal stitching. If I was doing strictly pulled work I would tend to chose a different fabric.


No pull on this sample.


The green stitching is done first; below is a diagram.


Then the blue thread is used over laying the green thread on the back of the fabric, if using the double back stitch. However, the regular back stitch may also be used.

Very firm pull and I should have put it in a hoop to photograph.


No pull


Medium pull


The beginning of a diagram for the above stitching the second row of stitching is staggered so the lower points of the first row meet the upper points of the second row. Some stitchers prefer to leave two fabric threads between the rows.


In the sample below the double back stitch is worked with one straight line of back stitch making up the first stitch (and all odd stitches) of the double back stitch and a diagonal stitch the second and all even stitches). The second row is then mirrored. The pull here is medium.


This is a more traditional white on white with a gentle to medium pull.



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