A whipped backstitch is an embroidery stitch made in two steps. First, we embroider a simple backstitch and then whip it with another thread. You can use the same color thread to make a straight raised line or of two contrasting colors to create a rope-like line.
Some additional tips:
- Try to make all the backstitches the same length so the final rope will be twisted equally.
- Use a blunt needle, like a tapestry needle (or a back of the needle), for whipping. Be careful not to snag the backstitch or the fabric under and not to hurt your fingers if you use the eye of a regular embroidery needle.
- The smaller the backstitch is, the denser will be the twist of the final stitch.
- If you want to use 2 colors for this stitch, keep in mind that you will need more floss of the color you will use for the backstitch. If you have a small amount of the floss left – use it for whipping.
Watch a video tutorial below to learn how to embroider this stitch.
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