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Triple Backstitch Tutorial for Traditional Pojagi

The triple backstitch is a common design element in pojagi. It is used primarily as an accent or to hold two layers of fabric together like quilting, but it is not a seam.

If you have done embroidery before, it will be pretty familiar. Be careful, though, it is harder than it looks. Even for experienced needleworkers, it takes a practice to get it right.

yellow and purple fabric being stitched with green thread.

In this sample the stitching is going  1/4″ in from edge of the yellow piece as an accent. Bring the needle up just a tiny bit away from the corner.

backstitch on yellow silk

Put the needle in (at the corner) and then bring it up past the thread.

row of backstitches in progress

When you go back for the next stitch, don’t go all the way back, but leave a space. The space and the stitch should be about the same length.

stitching on yellow and purple silk

Continue for three stitches. At the third stitch, you need to leave a bigger space.

three backstitches on yellow fabric

This is what is hard to get. The space in the middle should be the size as if there is a stitch missing. So if your stitches and spaces are the same size, this space is three times that. If you err with this stitch, it is almost always by making the space too small.

two sets of three stitches on yellow fabric

Continue with another group of three.

yellow piece of fabric with decorative stitching around the edge.

Continue around the piece. On corners, you might have to turn the corner in the middle of the group of three. That’s fine. I always make sure I have one stitch that goes right into the corner, so it’s not empty.

You’re done!

It seems easy, and it is, but it takes a lot of practice to get the spacing.

Use this stitch to enhance your traditional pojagi projects.


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Elizabeth DeCroos

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