How to hand embroider Half Chevron stitch

Half Chevron stitch sample 2

Half Chevron stitch is an interesting variety of Chevron stitch with one side of the stitch being worked with a similar hand motion. You can work this stitch on plain and even weave fabric in most types of embroidery thread to create useful border or outline stitch, which follows curves well. This stitch is great to use as a foundation line of stitching on the  seams of a crazy quilting project. You can work this stitch back to back with the points facing as in the sample above.

Work from left to right on two imaginary parallel lines. If you are working on fabric that is not an even weave you can mark guide-lines on the fabric using one of the fade out or water dissolvable pens available on the market but do make sure that it will disappear as this stitch does not cover the whole line marked.

How to work Half Chevron Stitch

Step by step illustration of how to work half chevron stitch 1Bring the thread out through the fabric on the left of the lower imaginary line. Insert the needle a little to the right on the same line, and with the needle emerging at the middle make a small stitch.

Step by step illustration of how to work half chevron stitch 2Take the needle up and insert on the upper imaginary line and make a small stitch pointing the needle downward. Have the thread looped under the needle. Take the needle through the fabric.

Step by step illustration of how to work half chevron stitch3Move diagonally across to the right and insert the needle on the lower line, bringing the needle out a little to the left, and pull the needle through the fabric. Still working on the bottom imaginary line take the needle across to the right and insert, bringing it once again out in the middle. Work this way along the row.

Half Chevron stitch sample 9

Half Chevron stitch is very effective worked back to back and you can build up interesting and complex patterns using it.

Half Chevron stitch sample 10Take some time to experiment as you can do simply oodles with this stitch. Beads can be added, ribbons or thread can be laced through the stitch and you are really only limited by your imagination.

Half Chevron stitch sample 4You can stack this stitch overlapping row upon row to create a patterned filling stitch.


Half Chevron stitch sample 6These are single half chevron stitches that have been turned on their side. Once again it is easy to add beads to this formation or use it for couching. You can also work a line of stitches on a curve.

Half Chevron stitch sample 7


Another way is to work single instance of Half Chevron stitch is to place them in a square which is effective as a little motif that can be repeated to build up patterns.

Half Chevron stitch sample 8You can also place the individual stitches in a cross which can also be used a repeating motif to build up patterns – or you can combine the two!


Half Chevron stitch sample 5Yet another option with this stitch is to swing either side of the line, individual half chevron stitches back to back to form patterns. The stitch can be worked on a gentle curve and when you swing them from side to side even more interesting things happen.

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61 Responses to How to hand embroider Half Chevron stitch

  1. Patty j. says:

    i get so juiced up and inspired to practice your stitches when I go to take a stitch Tuesday. Thank you for your energy. patty

  2. Racing to catch up (& hoping this is not a duplicate posting!)
    Here is my Half Chevron sampler:

  3. I am focusing on catching up with this ongoing weekly challenge (yes, I am woefully behind, and have jumped a few weeks only to be able to post a link back to my progress!) Here is my sample of the Half Chevron:
    I am posting other stitches as I complete them …. I am loving my return to embroidery. Thanks Sharon!

  4. I can´t say I am proud of my stitches for week 19, but I am working on catching up and here are my samples.

  5. sharonb says:

    I dont know Sandhya – did you go to the front of the blog?

  6. Sandhya says:

    why am i not able to see the TAST entry for week 20?

  7. libbyQ says:

    i’m finally getting my post for this stitch into the mix.
    it was a new one to me but i found it interesting and full of possibility.


  8. Julie says:

    My half chevron sample can be see at my blog and on stitchin fingers. Enjoy! (I hope)

  9. Ann says:

    Here’s my half-chevron stitch samplers that are included in my embroidery journal:

  10. Sue says:

    Here’s my Half Chevron stitch samples which I enjoyed doing

  11. Hello Sharon! Wishing all the mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day! Here is my Half Chevron stitching:
    Thanks for popping by.

  12. christine says:

    It was a new stitch for me. My sample is here

  13. Diane says:

    If Maureen is just posting… then I can’t be too late.

  14. Annet says:

    I don’t have much time for TAST, but I managed to stitch 2 new rows on one of my samplers. I wrote about them here:

  15. Crazyqstitcher says:

    2 small samples of the Half Chevron are here
    They are to be part of my CQJP blocks

  16. Yet another stitch I had not done before. Thanks for this excellent challenge Sharon! Here’s my 1/2 chevron

  17. Hobby Sewer says:

    I have done a sampler with this new stitch. Here it is.

  18. Gayle Schipper says:

    I have completed Week 18 – Crossed Buttonhole and Week 19 – Half Chevron . Pictures are on Flickr.

    Feels good to be caught up and finished on time!
    Gayle Schipper

  19. ValerieL says:

    I finally finished my sample. I made a mistake at first and so did another one to do it correctly. You can find it at:

    Thanks so much.

  20. jacqui boyd says:

    for a change I am a little ahead. I really did not care for the cross buttonhole but the half chevron stitch once I got the hang it, turned out OK. Here is a link to my blog

  21. Triche Osborne says:

    First time I’ve finished in time to catch you before you make your rounds. Fun stitch!

    “The Path Is Rarely So Clear” (half chevron):

  22. Isabelle says:

    As I have promised fewer this week, here is a new work with half chevron :

  23. Anneliese says:

    I used the Half Cretan stitch to fix a small square of needle lace (I assume that it is needle lace). In fact I made two samples.

  24. Hi Sharon,
    I have started working on this week’s stitch sampler, the details are here-
    Thank you,

  25. Hi Sharron,
    I have posted my efforts to my blog:
    and to the Flikr goup:


  26. Yuma Tatter says:

    I created a Purple Thistle for my sampler with the Half Chevron… See it here:
    (love this stitch!)

  27. Claudia says:

    Here is my attempt on half chevron stitch:
    Happy Stitching!

  28. I have completed my weekly exercice, you can have a look here if you are interested.

  29. Hi Sharon, oh what fun that stitch is ! I’m learning so much,
    Thank you……..
    You can find my sample here………

  30. Carol Harper says:

    I was stitching away when I found I was doing it all wrong so, when I got the stitch worked out properly in my head, I did one small part of it in my band below the “wrong ones” and then added it to a crazy quilt lock in progress, here:

  31. Hi Sharon,
    I was way behind with TAST, but now I am up to date again! You can find my work here: But be warned, it includes a badly behaving lama…
    Have a nice day, Jessica

  32. Brigitte Otto says:

    Some simple use of half chevron plus wheatear in my sampler :
    I’m still fighting with crossed buttonhole.

  33. shirley says:

    I really enjoyed this stitch, here is my half chevron i have called “Fantasy” on my blog.

    it is also on my page on stitchinfingers.

  34. This was a new and attractive stitch for me. I first practised and later thought about making a bridge or people on a hill or a Roman building or …. (I had many ideas). In the end it became a kind of crocodile, see

  35. Mariainez L. Ribeiro dos Santos says:
  36. Mariainez L. Ribeiro dos Santos says:

    Hi, Sharon
    Here´s my Half Chevron Stitch work .

    Thank you !

  37. Luiz Vaz says:

    Hi Sharon, my first post for the week Thank you for nice comments, always appreciated!. Thank you all!

  38. Christina says: Loved this stitch as much as the chevron. Will use it a lot.

  39. Kathy says:

    My first attempts did not go well. But at least I completed my sampler page.

  40. I have posted week 19 challenge here.

    Thank you.


  41. konnykards says:

    I have missed seven weeks of TAST as my spine op has disrupted life far more than I thought it would.
    But there is only one stitch in those weeks that I have not done before so hopefully soon I’ll stitch something with them all explored more.
    In the meantime here’s a link to my previous Half Chevron, a small piece I like …. Connie. konnykards

  42. Angela says:

    This is a cool stitch. It is new to me and I made the mistake of trying it on this month’s crazy quilt journal project. Not my brightest moment! I didn’t get it quite right but always one to persevere I tried again on a practice piece. You can see my attempts here
    Thanks for looking!

  43. Cyndi L says:

    I’m so excited!! I’ve never done this stitch before, or even heard of it 🙂 I think it looks good along one of the edges of my manipulated fabric quilt:

  44. Isabelle says:

    I have still used this stitch when we stutied the chevron stitch

    But I will do another work with this stitch and post it later.

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