Whipped Back Stitch

Whipped Back Stitch

Whipped back stitch sampleWhipped back stitch creates a slightly raised line which is simple, quick and easy to work. It is ideal for use in children’s sewing projects and suitable for beginners. This stitch works well for lettering and motifs with tight curves.

If a heavy, thread in the same colour as the foundation stitching is used, the line you sew will look like a fine cord. This stitch can also be worked with variations of contrasting colour producing a candy cane effect or a lightly textured thread. Whipped back stitch is also useful if a raised line is required on a delicate fine fabric which can’t accept a heavy thread through the weave.

Whipped back stitch step 1Work a foundation row of back stitches. Make each stitch slightly longer and looser than usual.

Whipped back stitch step 2Next whip the row. Use a blunt-ended tapestry needle, for the second thread so that you do not split the foundation threads as you sew.
Bring the needle up from the back of the fabric, take the thread over the top of the first stitch and pass the needle under that stitch so. Do not pick up any of the fabric as it is a threading action not a stitching movement.

Whipped back stitch step 3Repeat this until you have whipped the length of the row.


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