Arrow or Arrowhead stitch

Arrowhead Stitch sample 10There are two varieties of Arrowhead stitch that are listed in various stitch books. One is a horizontal version and one is vertical. The vertical version is sometimes called Upright Arrow or both versions can be called simply Arrow stitch. The Horizontal version is also known as Zig Zag stitch.

Both varieties are a good example of an easy quick stitch. The geometric structure leads to much pleasure, as Arrow stitch can be arranged in numerous patterns which can be used for borders or fills.

This is a good stitch for children and beginners.

How to work Arrowhead Stitch

Arrowhead Stitch step 1Horizontal Arrow stitch is made up of a line of straight stitches worked at right angels to each other in a zig zag formation.

Arrowhead Stitch step 2Work from left to right along 2 imaginary lines, building line as illustrated.

Arrowhead Stitch step 3As you can see this stitch can be built into patterns if you work row upon row.

Arrowhead Stitch sample2Or you can work lines back to back

Arrowhead Stitch sample 3Add more lines to those

Arrowhead Stitch sample 4Overlap lines that are worked at different scale.

Arrowhead Stitch sample 5Combine upright and horizontal Arrowhead stitch

Arrowhead Stitch sample 6Then build more on that pattern too!

Arrowhead Stitch sample 7You can also use this stitch to couch on a ribbon!

Arrowhead Stitch sample 8

How to work Upright Arrowhead stitch

Arrowhead Stitch upright 2arrow-upright2Upright Arrowhead stitch is equally easy and quick to work making it an ideal stitch for beginners and children.

This stitch consists of a pair of straight stitches worked at right angles to each other.

Work down the line between 2 imaginary lines, building up the pattern in the manner illustrated.

As with horizontal Arrowhead stitch the geometric nature of this stitch means you can easily build up patterns and designs with this stitch. You can use it for both a border stitch or as a filling stitch.

I like to use it in contemporary work in a improvisational manner too!

Arrowhead Stitch sample 9

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25 Responses to Arrow or Arrowhead stitch

  1. CaLynn says:

    2018 week 14 Arrowhead Stitch:

    Thanks, Sharon! 🙂

  2. I never post on these sites but this dictionary is so Awsome. Very nice and easy explainations. Just wow and so many displayed. Now I feel this is the go to site for more wasted hours trying to find a stitch. I can’t thank you enough Sharon. Thanks so much.

  3. Debbie says:

    Yes, all caught up – below you will find my sampler for arrowhead stitch:

  4. Diane says:

    Oh, well, I missed the deadline for highlights this week, but I am satisfied that I finished the last hexagon on my ball of stitches. Finished projects are really good things.

  5. Hi Sharon,
    I am back to my stitch routine from today. the details of this week’s arrowhead stitch sampler are here-

  6. Rose says:

    Hey I’m not coming in at the last minute this time! Mine is finished and posted on Flickr and StitchinFingers

  7. Annet says:

    I stitched another 2 x 2 inch sampler on my Aida. I wrote about the details on my blog:
    my complete sampler is here:

  8. Bernice Odom says:

    The Arrowhead stitch was another one I liked! Thanks See mine at

  9. Anneliese says:

    I made the stitches and they canbe seen here :

  10. Beth B says:

    Haven’t posted an update in a while–still keeping up via my mini-sampler. I’m happy we are continuing into 2013. Thanks, Sharon!

  11. Luiz Vaz says:

    Hi Sharon & Friends, my post for the week. Thank you all.

  12. Annet says:

    This is such a fun stitch to play with. Here’s my weekly post with old arrowhead stitches:

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