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 Comments

  1. 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.

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