Double Seed stitch is also called Isolated back stitch. It is arranged on the fabric and spaced in a similar manner to Seed stitch. It consists of two back stitches worked side by side close together with no space between the two stitches, or worked in the same hole.
You can work Double Seed stitch on plain or evenweave fabric. To vary the look of this stitch use different coloured threads or threads with different thickness. If you use a metallic thread and sprinkle beads in among the stitches to add more life and a contemporary twist to your work.
In contemporary embroidery Double seed stitch is worked in a free form manner changing the length of the stitches and their spacing. You can have dense heavily worked areas with stitches piled up against other or sparse little light touches of stitches in areas where you want lest. You can vary the weight of the thread with thick and thin threads used over the same area. The ‘rule’ of keeping the two stitches side by side can also be bent and you can have small gaps and shifts of the tow stitches or angle one stitch and not the other creating a little V shape.
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