Whipping is really something you can do to several stitches, but for this lesson we will use it on a backstitch. It gives the stitch a corkscrew effect that you can make loose with a different color thread or tighten it up with the same color thread to make a thicker line. You will want both a crewel and tapestry needle as the tapestry needle has no sharp tip to snag the first thread.
- First you need to do the entire line in a backstitch with a crewel
- Then switch to a tapestry needle and come up right under the last stitch
- Now come around and go under the backstitch without going through the fabric
- You're wrapping the new thread around the first stitch going from top to bottom around and around all the way back down the backstitch you first made