Chevron Stitch

Chevron stitch sample 1Chevron stitch is a decorative stitch used in surface embroidery and smocking. It is considered as  basic stitch that can be used in numerous ways in hand embroidered projects. The sample above is on a piece of crazy quilting and consists a row of Chevron stitch worked either side of a ribbon.

Chevron stitch sample 5

In this sample I have worked a single row of Chevron in cotton perle # 5 and stitched dome shaped sequins in between the feet of the stitch.

How to work Chevron stitch

Work from left to right on two imaginary lines.

Chevron stitch step by step 1Bring the thread from the back of the fabric on the left of the top line. On the same line,move right and insert the needle with the tip pointing left to have it emerge in the middle as illustrated. Pull the needle through to make a small stitch.

Chevron stitch step by step 2Take the needle diagonally down to the bottom line and insert it. Point the needle left to take it back along the line as illustrated. Pull your needle through and take your needle to the right.

Chevron stitch step by step 3Keep your needle pointing left to make the foot of the stitch, by inserting your needle as illustrated and having it emerge at the base of the diagonal stitch.

Chevron stitch step by step 4Take your needle to the top line and repeat the process again.

Chevron stitch step by step 5Work this way along the row alternating up and down.

Some ideas on how to use Chevron stitch

With Chevron stitch you can change the spacing of the feet and , the height/width of the stitch to create some interesting effects.  Chevron stitch sample 7Chevron stitch becomes very interesting when you add other stitches to the hills and valleys such as this band of hand embroidery where I tucked three detached chain stitches into the peaks of the stitch.

Chevron stitch sample 8Working two rows  of Chevron stitch creates a grid like pattern where you can add all sorts of embroidered and beaded elements.

Chevron stitch sample 4Two rows give you enough room down the center line to add  quite large items such as novelty beads.

Chevron stitch sample 3You can also build up row upon row of chevron stitch working each row back to back to create an interesting pattern.

hand embroidery band sampler detail 723A variation on this is created by working rows back to back and then tieing the foot bars of each row with a single straight stitch. In this sample I also worked single straight stitches in the space of  the chevron pattern which I then tied with a cross stitch

Chevron stitch sample 2Chevron stitch can also be stacked to create an interesting filling too!


Have you seen my book?

holding my book in front of quilt

My book The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting Design: Simple Stitches, Stunning Results  shares detailed practical methods on how to design and make a crazy quilt. Topics such as fabric choice, tricky challenges like balancing colour, texture and pattern, and how to create movement to direct your viewers eye around the block are covered in detail. I also explain how to stitch and build decorative seam treatments in interesting and creative ways. My book is profusely illustrated as my aim is to be practical and inspiring.

Stitchers templates

My templates aim to help you take your stitching to the next level. Designed by an embroiderer for embroiderers. With them you can create hundreds of different hand embroidery patterns to embellish your seams  with flair. These templates are easy to use, made of clear plastic so you can position them easily and are compact in your sewing box.

using my stitchers Templates set 2These are simple to use. You simply position the template in place and use a quilter’s pencil to trace along the edge of the template. Stitch along this line to decorate the seam. I have a free ebook of patterns to accompany each set which illustrates how they can be used.

TO ORDER your Stitchers Templates

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 
Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here 

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119 Responses to Chevron Stitch

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  3. I am stitching on paper as my challenge. The first 7 stitches are at this post. (I am posting once a month.)
    Sandy in the UK
    PS.I have had a hard time for this to post! this is the 3rd browser attempt.

  4. Sherrie says:

    I’ve posted about the Chevron Stitch at my place.
    Have a great day!

    • sharonb says:

      Sherrie I have added your link to your post as many people dont realise if you click a persons name it takes them to their site

  5. Tabitha Orr says:

    Had so much work to complete these last few weeks that I am catching up on my TAST stuff….here is my Chevron Stitch

  6. Ms Sharma says:

    Here are some more of my experiments with Chevron Stitch:

    Hope you will have a look at them and leave your comments.

  7. Ulla-Britt says:

    Now I have finnished my Chevron stitch. Still on jeans cloth

  8. Natalia says:

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  9. Audrey says:

    Hello, I wanted to show you something I made using the stitches from the first 6 weeks of TAST. It is my very first 'free' embroidery, and very nearly my first embroidery ever. I would love to hear comments.

  10. Kay Warner says:

    I've blogged some more herringbone and a bit of chevron on my blog.

  11. Not my favorite stitch but actually easy to do with beads. This really is fun.


  12. Sara Hansson says:

    again just in at the last minute – but missed your checking :0) Sorry will be quicker next week!


  13. Sharon Griffith says:

    Just posted my Chevron stitch which I really liked but did not get to do much with it other than add beads but I will go back and play with that stitch. Thanks Sharon!;postID=1155091629693899343

  14. Jenny Ross says:

    A little late, but I am done with my week 6 sampler and free embroidery piece. Pictures are posted on my blog.

    In what must be something of a record, I have put up three blog posts about needlework in the past week. If you visit to look at my TAST samples, look back to check out my needlepoint kimono and red, white and blue sampler.


  15. I enjoyed learning the Chevron Stitch. I used a checkered fabric which helped me keep my stitches even. Here's my link

  16. Kirsty Macdonald says:

    Here's my more playful experiment with the six stitches so far

  17. Luiz Vaz says:

    Hi Sharon & Everyone!

    Um more "Six in One"

    Thank you all 😉

  18. Susan says:

    Here's my chevron stitch, combined with the herringbone that I got done last week but didn't get posted:

  19. Again this was another stitch that I had never done. I'm thankful to Miriam who shared her free chevron stitch butterfly pattern. You can see mine at:

  20. Annet says:

    I enjoyed working on my samples for this week. I repeated a few of my herringbone samples with the Chevron stitch to see the difference. I wrote about it on my blog:

  21. chitra gangadharan says:

    I tried working chevron stitch with other stitches. my experiments are here.
    thanks, Sharon

  22. veronique says:

    voici mon point de la semaine 6 merci sharon

  23. It's been a tricky week for getting stitching done but I've managed to grab a few snippets of time. I've blogged about my results:

  24. Karrin Hurd says:

    I didn't have a chance to experiment much this week, just one example, shown here:

  25. Queeniepatch says:

    I am sorry I did not have more time to work on the chevron stitch as it is one of my favourites, but I have worked a corner of my sampler with these orderly stitches.

  26. Cy says:

    My Chevron stitch sampler is on my blog at:

    A popular stitch with many variations.

  27. SusieW says:

    I have posted my Chevron stitch example for this week on my Flicker site. You can see it here I used the Chevron stitch as the base to create little fans detailing one of the seams on my fan block. Great fun!

  28. Marg B says:

    Can you believe 3 posts this week? The last one is more herringbone, or double back, to be precise. I am in love with double back pulled thread, mostly.


  29. Marg B says:

    My miniscule effort with chevron is on my blog.


  30. Diane says:

    I like the look of the chevron when it is repeated to fill in space.


  31. Kirsty Macdonald says:

    Finally got finished, and after a battle with Blogger, I have managed to post it too!

  32. I have posted my experiments with Chevron Stitch on my blog and on the Filkr site.

  33. luiz vaz says:

    Hi Sharon & Everyone!

    My happy chevrons and polka dots fabric.

    The six first stiches and polka dots fabtic too. I loved this!

  34. KathrynK in Blacklick says:

    I've just uploaded week 6 photos. Detail photos are available by looking at the 3 previous photos.

  35. libbyQ says:

    i enjoyed the chevron stitch and my samples/work with it are here:


  36. hopscotch says:

    Sorry, not sure if I've posted here, but this is my Chevron stitch sample

  37. maneki says:

    This was my first time doing this stitch — a stitch I enjoyed more than I thought I would.

    You can find my embroidery doodles here:

  38. AuroraLee says:

    Finally catching up. I did a quick sampler for weeks 3-6

  39. Viv Estill says:

    Hi Sharon
    I've posted my Chevron Stitch piece on
    Thanks again for the challenge.

  40. Silky says:

    Well, it's none of my favorites and probably never will be, but I wanted to try my hand at it anyway. So here is, what I came up with:

  41. Brigitte Otto says:

    My sample block for chevron stitch has just been uploaded:
    Enjoy your weekend!

  42. I am not sure if my comment was recorded , hence leaving a comment again. My beaded chevron stitch can be seen here
    Thank you sharon for motivating us with TAST

  43. guzzisue says:

    stitching overtaken by family events but finally getting started, week 2 and 3 will be on my blog 12.2 🙂

  44. Christine says:

    Chevron stitch…. difficult for me to work with….

  45. Lucy Landry says:

    This stitch turned out to be surprisingly more fun than I thought it would. I've made a zebra in white on black. You can see it on my blog:

  46. Hi sharon
    I tried This stitch with beads and have blogged it here
    Thank you for motivating us!!!

  47. Susan McGowan says:

    Hello, I am new to Pintangle but am enjoying the site to the max.. This is my first time trying to place a comment hope fully I can post this link so you can all find my chevron.
    thank you Sharon for starting and running such an exciting site

  48. If you want to see my weekly sampler, you can have à look on my blog :

  49. Andi says:

    For this week's Chevron stitch, I borrowed inspiration from Sharon's seam treatment ideas over on In A Minute Ago, and it came out beautifully! Thank you so much, Sharon, for being so willing to share your knowledge through your classes and websites — it lets a novice crazy quilter like me get results that make my heart sing with joy!

    I blogged week 4's Cretan stitch and this week's Chevron stitch here:

    My 8 yr old daughter wouldn't let me share her work for the past few weeks – she doesn't like how they turned out. (And apparently feather stitch doesn't deserve to be shared because "it doesn't look like feathers AT ALL, Mom!")

  50. Ingrid says:

    Hi, Sharon. Here are my chevron stitches for this week. I admit this was a very tricky stitch for me, for I found it "lesser" to the stitches previous weeks proposed. The exercise helped cure a bit of that:

    here is the link to the photo with notes

  51. Romilly says:

    I love seeing all the different ways people use these stitches. This is really stretching my creativity – in a good way! Mine is up:

  52. chitra gangadharan says:

    hi Sharon,
    My earlier chevron stitch sampler is here-

  53. Pippa Price says:

    Hi Sharon
    Week 5 and 6 completed. I have really enjoyed all of the stitches.
    I love looking at other peoples work it is so inspirational.
    I have posted my work on my blog
    Hope that I have done this all correctly as very new to blogging and trying to link things
    Have a lovely day Pippa

  54. Maureen bond says:

    My weeks samples are posted at

  55. Hi, this is my sample for week 6 chevron stitch !!
    You can see my sample here……………………

  56. isabelle says:

    Our work with chevron stitch is on the following page
    it was very interesting to work with this. Tanks Sharon

  57. sorry, I forgot give a link 🙂
    so this is my sample –
    Thank you for visiting!

  58. Faith says:

    I think I need to have some fabric and thread in hand when I look through everyone's work. Then, when I see something I'd like to try, I can do it right then before I forget and I'll have a record of stitches and combos I like.

    Here's my chevron stitch post.

  59. zed says:

    Trying it for the first time on Aida

    and using it on some handmade felt

    I'm really enjoying learning and using all the stitches 🙂

  60. Petra Weiler says:

    I posted my version of the Chevron stitch on my blog and would be glad to welcome you over there.

    Have a great day,

  61. Anna Kousi says:

    Chevron stitch… too geometrical! A border, a star and finally a flower! It has become an wonderful routine: late at night on Monday I read the post about the stitch, on Tuesday I try it and I am wondering what to stitch, Wednesday I stitch it an on Thursday I post the photo! Happy to be a part of Tast!

  62. I had given my hands a trial of this stitch.
    I felt very interested doing it. I had done whipped with stitch also.
    Thankyou dear,
    I am interested in doing all your stitches.
    My trials can be seen at

  63. Liz Adams says:

    Sharon, I'm so happy about the way your challenge stitches keep on working their way into my current wallhangings! Chevron was exactly right for the top panel of a three part wall piece, which anyone may see at:

  64. Niina says:

    I finished my week 4: Cretan Stitch! I had some trouble working with the stich but in the end I managed come up with a cute design:

  65. Christine T says:

    This is my workfor this Week 6, you can see here :

    Have a good day !

  66. marjolein says:

    This time I created a simple seam treatment with an interlaced chevron stitch.
    You can find it here:

  67. here is my sample – two variations with one ribbon 🙂
    have a nice day!

  68. Christina says: Is my second attempt, and I'm really enjoying this stitch. Well, not really second, but some variations on the lines I made erlier. ( )

    And I'm really enjoying watching all your blogs and photo's, cannot comment on every entry I see, but I am looking at all in amazement and wonder!

  69. Raji Saj says:

    Thank u for providing me an opportunity to learn one more new stitch, here is my trial , which is not a success…
    anyway ll work something better 🙂

  70. Petra Weiler says:

    I just uploaded my version of Chevron stitch on my blog:
    This was a very nice one. Thank you Sharon for organizing all this – it´s lot of fun and I learn a lot.

  71. Gayle Schipper says:

    I have finished my Chevron Stitch sample and put it on my Flickr page. I have also given a link to my 2007 TAST which was one of my favorites.
    Having great fun with this challenge!!! Thanks Sharon

  72. Romona says:

    Hi Sharon, My week 5 and 6 are done and posted to my blog. I've gone with a Valentine colour theme of pink, red and white with little heart charm adornments.

    Thank you to those of you who have commented on my blog. My days are very busy and I do manage to take a quick peek at what some of you are doing, but I never seem to have time to see them all, but what I have are really lovely and works of art.

    Thanks so much, Romona

  73. Ms Sharma says:

    Her is my first attempt at the Chevron Stitch:
    Please do take time to visit my blog and leave you suggestions and comments…..

  74. If you want to see my weekly sampler, you can have à look on my blog :

  75. Angela says:

    Thanks again Sharon! I am really enjoying learning new stitches. The chevron is a new stitch to me. I will definitely need some practice to improve upon it. I have posted two pictures of this stitch done on some crazy quilt blocks. You can see them here

    warm regards

  76. konnykards says:

    This week a textured doodle and 2007 exploring are added to my Sampler ….. Connie

  77. Hi all,
    For various reasons I wasn't able to take part in TAST for four weeks. But now I've caught up with you all! Check out my progress on:
    See you next week, Jessica

  78. Maggi says:

    The first time that I have done this stitch so I decided to stay traditional. Not one of my favourites but they can't all be can they? just posted on my blog

  79. crazypatch says:

    Très agréable à broder ce point de chevron, j'ai pris beaucoup de plaisir à chercher des idées et des associations avec d'autres points. à voir ici sur mon blog;

  80. Ann says:

    Had no idea that a chevron has to do with rocks and reptiles – even kangaroos and manatees. More about that and pictures of the chevron stitch on my blog:

    Thoroughly enjoyed learning the chevron stitch this week!

  81. Diane says:

    Time to start looking at everyone's chevron's! Mine are here:

    Thanks, Sharon, have a good week.

  82. Shami Immanuel says:


    I have made a neck design and a motif using chevron stitch and cut beads. Have a look.
    Here is the link

    Shami Immanuel

  83. EC says:

    Here is the link to my sample for this week..I enjoyed it a lot

  84. Iris Lins says:

    My experiment with Chevron stitch is here:
    I hope you enjoy.

  85. Christina says: For my first attempt on the chevron stitch. I'm very busy the coming days, so more colours and variations will have to wait. I like the stitch but it needs a lot of creative thinking if you want to make variations. Found one, maybe I'll find more. To be continued…

  86. Annet says:

    Just wrote a post with a few older Chevron samplers before I start stitching new ones:

  87. Hannah says:

    Yay! This was my first attempt.
    I stitched in a circle, and I really like this stitch! Would be great as a boarder!

  88. In the past I designed a butterfly in the chevron stitch. The pattern is free: . If you want to see it stitched: .

    I also stitched another postcard in chevron stitches .

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