There 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
Horizontal Arrow stitch is made up of a line of straight stitches worked at right angels to each other in a zig zag formation.
Work from left to right along 2 imaginary lines, building line as illustrated.
As you can see this stitch can be built into patterns if you work row upon row.
Or you can work lines back to back
Add more lines to those
Overlap lines that are worked at different scale.
Combine upright and horizontal Arrowhead stitch
Then build more on that pattern too!
You can also use this stitch to couch on a ribbon!
How to work Upright Arrowhead stitch
Upright 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!
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