Here’s our latest post in the ongoing Crossroads Embroidery Series with Amy Barickman from Indygo Junction! Amy showed us how to select the right thread and needles, told us about important embroidery tools and gave us a free LOVE cross stitch pattern. Today Amy demonstrates the Back Stitch and offers a free, vintage Garden Boy design for you to sew! Watch the video and download your free pattern today…

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Hello, I’m Amy Barickman, founder of Indygo Junction. Welcome to the fourth video in the Crossroads Embroidery Series! During the remaining videos in this series we will be learning some basic embroidery stitches, and I will be sharing a FREE embroidery design with each tutorial. Last time we learned the Cross Stitch and today I’m excited to teach you the Back Stitch.

In the first videos of this series I told you all about the basics like embroidery needles, thread and foundation fabrics. In my second video, get the basics on tracing and transferring designs, including my favorite method using Sulky’s Stick N Stitch. In the third video I taught you the Cross Stitch and shared our first free embroidery design LOVE. Here I tell you all about the Back Stitch:

The back stitch is a great stitch to have in your library. It’s perfect for outlining, especially for intricate details. Our design today uses the back stitch technique to accent our Vintage Garden Boy. I love adding the simple redwork design to dish towel blanks for a quick gift idea! You can download the Garden Boy Pattern here.

Be sure to visit to check out my line of 12 weight Crossroads Decorative Thread, Sulky’s Stick N’ Stitch for transferring your designs and to find dish towel blanks, all of which I use in this project. The Crossroads Embroidery Vintage Made Modern thread pack includes all the thread colors I’m using for the six free designs in this series. Sulky has also put together a dish towel pack, so you can make your own quick, creative gift. You can find Crossroads Decorative Thread, Crossroads Denim packs and my new Stitcher’s Garden Thread collection on the website. It’s a one-stop shop!

Join us for our next video as we continue our tutorials with the stem stitch and another free project. We’ll see you next month!

Vintage Notions Bonus:
This month I want to share another excerpt from my Vintage Notions book with a darling story about Peggy, a sixth grade girl who wants to create gifts for Christmas. Click here to view the excerpt.

Visit to learn more about Vintage Notions as well as our Vintage Notions Monthly magazine, featuring lessons and stories from the Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences. Click here to view a sample issue.