For the next square in my sampler, I decided to try another pulled stitch that uses backstitch as its main component.
The square-backed stitch (or square backstitch) is similar to the ring backed stitch, except that the backstitches form large squares instead of rings.
For my sampler, I made my stitching bigger than the above diagram, with each stitch crossing four (instead of three) threads of fabric.
This is my finished square:
I didn’t really like this stitch much. It felt awkward and the underside of the stitches can show through the spaces made in the fabric. That is probably why I only did half of the square with it. It does still look good though.
There are a few other varieties of pulled stitches that can be done with backstitch, as backstitch does lend itself to being pulled. You could even make some of your own patterns or variations of backstitch in sequences.
Part Five is now completed.
Making a Pair of Lawn Ruffles – with basic whitework
Sources and Relevant Links
Pulled Stitches – by Lynxlace – this site contains many different pulled work stitches and some free patterns and samplers to try out.