Beaded Hedebo Edge Stitch Tutorial

I am sure crazy quilters will love Beaded Hedebo Edge as it is  decorative and pretty. I know that it has become one of my favourites. Apart from being used as an edging stitch, this stitch has loads of creative potential, I like it particularly worked along the edge of paisley patterns.

Beaded Hedebo Edge stitch sample I discovered the stitch  in the A-Z of Embroidery Stitches 2 which is part of the Country Bumpkin series of A-Z Needlecraft books (The same people who produce Inspirations Magazines) .

It is called Beaded Hedebo Edge and consists of a foundation row of cross stitches which are then worked over in beads and scalloped with a form of buttonhole.

For purposes of this sample I used 3m beads, tapestry needle size 26 and perle 8 thread.

step by step Beaded Hedebo Edge 1You may want to take a look at up and down buttonhole stitch because the the second part of working up and down buttonhole is the same hand movement as the  stitch on Beaded Hedebo Edge.

How to work Beaded Hedebo Edge

First make a line of half cross stitches almost as if you were working alternating cross stitch but make every second stitch longer.

step by step Beaded Hedebo Edge 2Make the return run to complete the cross stitches.

step by step Beaded Hedebo Edge 3Bring the needle to the front at ‘A’ and thread a seed bead on your needle.

step by step Beaded Hedebo Edge 4Take it back into the fabric at ‘B’

step by step Beaded Hedebo Edge 5Your bead will sit at an angle as illustrated.

step by step Beaded Hedebo Edge 6Bring your needle out of the fabric at ‘C’

step by step Beaded Hedebo Edge 7Pass your needle upwards under both bars of the cross stitch but NOT through the fabric.

step by step Beaded Hedebo Edge 8Wrap the thread behind the needle as illustrated.

step by step Beaded Hedebo Edge 9Pull the needle through in an upwards motion. Half way along the length of the thread change direction and move your hand downwards. This means you are stitching in an up and over motion.

step by step Beaded Hedebo Edge 10As you tighten the thread slightly a loop is made at the bottom of the bar.

step by step Beaded Hedebo Edge 11Pull until snug.

NOTE: Your are not stitching through the fabric

step by step Beaded Hedebo Edge 12Continue along the cross bars until the bars are snug, packed with stitches. Take your needle to the back at the base of the bar to keep the edge neat.

step by step Beaded Hedebo Edge 13Bring your needle out at the base of the small cross stitch, take up a bead thread it on your needle. Take your needle to the back at the top of the stitch.

Bring your needle out at the base of the long cross stitch ready to repeat the process again.

step by step Beaded Hedebo Edge 14Continue in this manner until you have worked all the bars.
I hope you enjoy the stitch!

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44 Responses to Beaded Hedebo Edge Stitch Tutorial

  1. Julie JC says:

    Here is a pic of my Beaded Hedebo Edging:

    I will be blogging about it later today after I finish writing it. Lots going on here as we prepare to head south tomorrow!

  2. Ann says:

    This stitch seemed too overwhelming for me with all the steps it takes to cover such a small area. I needed to find a rather basic stitch to do this week instead. I did this just to continue stitching and try to not get frustrated with myself because I couldn’t do stitching that seems to come so easily to others.

  3. libbyQ says:

    had a good time with the beaded hedebo stitch and rather than using a bead i decided to try a button . . .
    you can see the results at:

    i’ve also included the knotted buttonhole practice within that post.


  4. Debbie says:

    Finally my work on the Beaded Hedebo Edge stitch. Belated Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

  5. Barbara/Hopscotch says:

    This week’s stitch
    and the reason it is late!! please don’t look if you are squeemish :{


  6. Laurel says:

    Another fun stitch! My example is quite finished yet, but here is the design so far:

  7. Jeannette says:

    Worked a pear outline to learn this stitch:
    Thanks Sharon

  8. Jennifer says:

    here is this week’s! Thank you Sharon and everyone!

  9. ValerieL says:

    I am done with my stitch sample for this week, as well as week 32. You can see them both at:

    Thanks so much.

  10. Annet says:

    I’ve added beaded Hedebo edge to 2 different samples and a project I’m working on:

  11. Marjolein says:

    Hi Sharon,
    I noticed that in A-Z of Embr.St. 2 the needle slides from top to bottom while making the bar. I couldn’t see a difference in the resulting bar. I guess it is a matter of preference.
    I puzzled over a hedebo flower. The result is here:

  12. Liz Eph says: – wonder if indoor pic is better ?- less shadow but less luster too. another steep learning curve.

  13. Liz Eph says:

    dear sharon, as you said it makes a very nice border. i’ve used 2 threads. xx liz xx

  14. I enjoy very much this stitch, new for me . My sampler is here:

  15. Hi Sharon,
    It has been a busy week but I have managed to get my sample finished.



  16. Hi Sharon,
    I started on this stitch sampler today, couldn’t work more than a four lines, an interesting stitch though! the details are on my blog-
    Thank you,

  17. Easy and funny stitch, but very long to stitch. Here is my sampler Have a nice week-end 😀

  18. Claudia says:

    This is a very beautiful stitch! Thank you, Sharon, for sharing! Although my life is very busy I tried to learn this wonderful stitch. Here is my exercise:

  19. Anneliese says:
    Have a look at a hedebo fish – which came to life on hand-dyed cotton.

  20. Nancilyn says:

    Posted my “buttoned” hedebo on Flickr

  21. Carol Harper says:

    HELP! I can’t DO this stitch. I get to the first step of passing the needle under the large cross and then what? If I pass the thread under the needle point as shown and the turn the needle through the loop, NOTHING. I simply can’t see the stitch in the tutorial and there aren’t any online tutorials that don’t assume you know what a hedebo stitch stitch is… Can you direct me to a diagram of it. Otherwise, all I will have is a row of cross stitches with one bead.

  22. Maureen says:

    I’ve posted my sample, and old ones also, at

  23. It is really an interesting stitch.
    My previous work trial was posted at my blog. Will come soon with new work.

  24. margherita says:

    I don’t embroider but love the stitches and 1 day i will start trying them out … your stitches and how you explain them is making that “1 day” very close. Thank you

  25. Ms Sharma says:


    I have posted a small sampler which I did in the earlier challenge. You can visit it here:

    I am working out more. I like this stitch as it is beautiful and also easy to work.
    Ms Sharma

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