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.
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.
You 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.
Make the return run to complete the cross stitches.
Bring the needle to the front at ‘A’ and thread a seed bead on your needle.
Take it back into the fabric at ‘B’
Your bead will sit at an angle as illustrated.
Bring your needle out of the fabric at ‘C’
Pass your needle upwards under both bars of the cross stitch but NOT through the fabric.
Wrap the thread behind the needle as illustrated.
Pull 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.
As you tighten the thread slightly a loop is made at the bottom of the bar.
Pull until snug.
NOTE: Your are not stitching through the fabric
Continue 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.
Bring 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.
Continue in this manner until you have worked all the bars.
I hope you enjoy the stitch!