Trellis Back

Structural Category


Specific Usage


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Work all lines in one direction, stitching all parallel horizontal lines followed by all parallel vertical lines at a right angle to the first set. When worked very close together, the fabric will be almost covered.


The diagrams show the stitch worked horizontally and vertically over counted threads. When the threads of the fabric cannot be counted, draw a grid on the fabric. The stitch is a Back stitch from right to left.



Bring the needle up at A. Insert the needle to the right of A at B, bringing it up at C. AB and AC are equal.

Insert the needle at A bringing it up at D.



Continue this Back stitch to the end of the row. From C insert the needle at A1 and bring it out at A2 directly below A1 to start another row of Back stitches. Turn the fabric 180 degrees.

From A1 insert the needle at B1 bringing it out at C1. Continue to the end of the row. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until parallel rows fill the desired space. Turn fabric 90 degrees.



With a new thread use the same holes and work from right to left. These stitches are at right angles to the previous rows. Bring the needle up at A2 and insert the needle at B2, bringing it up at C2.

Repeat Back stitches and turns as in Steps 3 and 4 until squares are completed.

Diagram source: Venessa Harrold, reprinted by permission.

Bibliographic Sources

Thomas, Mary. Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1989), p. 95.