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This stitch is frequently used for stems or lines and is very effective when worked in close lines with just one strand of cotton for filling areas in a pattern such as leaves. Bring the thread through the fabric at one end of the line to be worked. Take a small straight stitch, bringing the needle up again at the point where the thread first came through the fabric, as illustrated. Continue working along the line making small even stitches and always bringing the needle up at the end of the previous stitch.
This seems like a simple stitch but to look its best the stitches must be very evenly worked. Use either one or two strands of cotton. Bring the thread up from the underside of the fabric at one end of the line to be worked. Take a small stitch back along the line and bring the needle up through the fabric on the other side of the thread, as illustrated. The distances either sides of the thread to the needle's points of entry and exit should be equal. Repeat these small backstitches all along the line.
This stitch is worked by making a series of backstitches and bringing the needle through the thread of the preceding stitch each time. It will be easier to work this stitch if it is done working towards you.
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