Frequently done in black, the basic backstitch – a continuous chain of overlapping stitches – outlines an embroidered design. The backstitch appears frequently in black work embroidery, a centuries-old form of elegant needlework featuring geometric designs made with black silk thread on white or ivory linen.
- Begin at the right end of the pattern line.
- Visualize points 4-3-1-2 an equal distance apart along the line.
- Bring the needle up through the bottom of the fabric at point 1.
- Insert threaded needle at point 2, and then bring it up at point 3.
- Insert needle at point 1, then bring it up at point 4.
- Continue repeating this sequence, working from right to left.
All stitches must be of equal length.