The whipped backstitch creates a rope-like line in a very simple way. The foundation of this stitch is a backstitched line. If you need to see how the backstitch is worked, visit the backstitch video.
You can see the whipped backstitch in this photo below – it’s the lower line, in yellow and blue:
You can use the whipped backstitch for any solid line that you want to create on your embroidery projects. The whipped backstitch can be worked in contrasting colors for a vivid, colorful, and fun effect, or you can work it in the same color as the backstitch foundation, to create a solid colored, rope-like line.
In the photo above, I’m using the whipped backstitch to embroider a small word. If you use one strand of cotton embroidery floss for your backstitch and one strand of floss to whip the backstitch, you can create a very delicate line with it, which works great for small lettering.
In the video below, I’m using perle cotton #5 on linen. I’m stitching with a tapestry needle that has a long eye and a blunt tip. The blunt tips makes it easier to pass under each of the backstitches without snagging the stitch.
Here’s the video:
If you’re looking for more embroidery stitch inspiration, check out my collection of hand embroidery how-to videos here on Needle ‘n Thread!