Paragraph 127. The seed stitch is a very simple ornamental stitch consisting of small backstitches (Par. 107). To make the stitch, the knot is tied and left on the under side, or two or three stitches may be taken over each other to fasten the thread, then make the first row of backstitches, with small spaces between them, follow the outline of the design; the second row of stitches should be so placed that they alternate with the stitches in the first row. See Figure 27.

The thread is fastened at the end with two or three small stitches.

The seed stitch is often used as a substitute for French knots (Par. 130) and for filling in the centers of leaves and other designs in embroidery work.