Double threaded back stitch

Double Threaded Back Stitch

A Double-threaded backstitch is a hand embroidery stitch that combines the foundation stitch (back stitch) and threading.

After you embroider the backstitch, lace the second thread through the stitches without entering the fabric or crossing the backstitch. We make this lacing two times to form a chain-like pattern

Double threaded backstitch embroidered with yellow and red embroidery floss

Applications Of Double Threaded Back Stitch

This simple embroidery stitch is excellent for decorative borders and more elaborated outlines. Besides that, you can use it for lettering.

Embroidery tips

  • You can embroider the threaded back stitch in a single color. Also, you can choose two contrasting colors to create exciting patterns. So play with colors and see what beautiful color combinations you can design with this simple stitch!
  • Use a blunt needle (tapestry needle) or the back of the needle for threading. Be careful not to snag the running stitches or the fabric under and not to hurt your fingers if you use the eye of a regular embroidery needle.
  • You can make lacing by leaving the loops open to achieve a different effect.

More Variations Of The Back Stitch:

You will find an extensive list of embroidery stitches from this stitch group in the article “Backstitch and its variations. Hand embroidery stitches from the Backstitch family” on this Blog.

Video tutorial

If you are a visual learner, watch a video tutorial below or on the Practical Embroidery YouTube channel. In this video, you’ll find easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions that will have you creating the Double threaded backstitch like a pro in no time.

What’s next?

If you’re in the mood to explore more hand embroidery stitches, check out the Stitches and Techniques page for the list of other fantastic stitches available on my blog. From timeless classics to modern twists, a whole world of stitches is waiting for you to explore and master. So, grab your hoop and needle, and let’s stitch our way to creative bliss!

Need More Guidance?

The top 10 hand embroidery stitches to learn is a free online course created for beginners.

White sashiko stitches on purple fabric