pink flower embroidered with back stitch on white fabric

Stitching a motif with backstitch

Backstitch is a classic embroidery stitch, and for good reason. It is easy to do and it looks great. Any motif can be done with backstitch and pictures can be made if you use different colours.

In the flower motif sampler, backstitch is the second stitch to use. If you need a refresher tutorial, check it out here.

flower motif embroidered with backstitch

There’s nothing tricky about backstitch. Follow the line around the petals. I used three strands of DMC #602 floss, but for a finer line you could use two. Using more than three is only recommended if you are working on a heavy fabric or using a stabilizer for extra support.


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flower motif embroidered with back stitch

Work all the way around the petals.

flower motif embroidered with back stitch

Then finish with the flower centre. I used the same colour, but you can change up the colour if you prefer.

See the rest of the stitch sampler HERE.


Elizabeth DeCroos

Elizabeth DeCroos

designer, teacher, speaker

Elizabeth enjoys doing all types of sewing and needlework and teaching others new techniques. For more information or to have her speak to your group click HERE.

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