Beaded Eastern Stitch Tutorial

Beaded Eastern Stitch is a variety of Eastern Stitch. It is not difficult to do as you simply add a bead to loop made between the two bars. Since the stitch sits within a square it is particularly suitable on any grid like pattern. It is just a case of looking at it and arranging units of the stitch in interesting ways.

How to work Beaded Eastern Stitch

To work Beaded Eastern Stitch use a size 26 tapestry needle. Since the eye of a tapestry needle is long you can thread perle #8 and Perle #5 through the long eye. However the needle itself is thin which means you can add a bead to your working thread as you stitch. The Beading is not done afterwards but during the stitching process. This tip is key to success with this type of beaded embroidery.

You need to know the standard eastern stitch to be able to understand how this beaded version works. If you need a reminder see the tutorial for Eastern stitch

Beaded Eastern Stitch 1Work this stitch from left to right. When working this stitch it needs to kept at a fairly loose tension. Make a vertical straight stitch at the left side of an imaginary square.

Beaded Eastern Stitch 2Make a horizontal straight stitch at the top of an imaginary square.
These two stitches are the foundation bars of each unit of eastern stitch.Taking the needle diagonally across the back of the fabric, bring the thread up to the front the fabric, in the bottom right-hand corner as illustrated.

Beaded Eastern Stitch 3Take the needle over the top and then slide it under the vertical stitch. When you slide the needle under the bar make sure it points towards the bottom of the square. Pull the needle through so that  it forms a loop over the vertical bar stitch as illustrated. You are not going through the fabric but lacing the bar.
Thread on a bead then move to the horizontal bar and slide the needle under the horizontal stitch.

Beaded Eastern Stitch 4Make sure the thread is kept to the right of the needle so that when you pull it through it forms a loop over the horizontal stitch as illustrated
Take the thread through the fabric at the bottom right-hand corner.

Beaded Eastern Stitch 5Bringing the needle out at the top left corner of the next stitch and repeat the process along a line or to fill an area.

You can work along a line or a curve or as individual units to create patterns.

Beaded Eastern Stitch 6

I hope you enjoy experimenting with this variety of Eastern Stitch.

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24 Responses to Beaded Eastern Stitch Tutorial

  1. queeniepatch says:

    What a lovely stitch to celebrate this mile stone with! I have enjoyed these first 100 stitches so much.

  2. My catch up stitches 95-100 and links to some from previous years. I can’t say I have done every one but quite a lot… and very enjoyable. Thanks Sharon.

  3. Annet says:

    I stitched Eastern stitch and beaded Eastern stitch side by side on my 14 count Aida sampler. And I made a combo with detached chain stitches. I wrote about it on my blog with a link to the finished sampler:
    Now I can say I stitched all 100 stitches!

  4. 100!! I can’t believe it! Congrats – may you have many, many more stitches.

    Here is my input.

  5. Carol Harper says:

    Mine looks a bit off but I have few beads that will fit over my embroidery needle and they are pretty big so I hope that is why the beads like a little overwhelming… I need to find a solution for this needle/bead incompatibility!

  6. Maureen Bond says:

    I have blogged my TAST stitches from 95-100 – in two posts. I had forgotten to come back here after posting the first set.

    Though I printed out the TAST 4 stitches as they came, I have to create them now.

    Thanks Sharon for hosting the tutorials again.
    For someone who intended to be ‘occasionally’ working on them, you have been a very busy girl.

    • sharonb says:

      Yes my “occasionally” has sort of over taken me – but I still sony want to promise a weekly stitch – just incase

  7. Barbara M says:

    I’ve enjoyed every stitch so far, Sharon! Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us all.
    Here’s my catchup TAST stitches 95 through to 99.


  8. Hi Sharon,
    Congrats on your 100th stitch!
    I am following the stitches, will rejoin after completing some personal work. I have finished up to 94 stitches.
    they are here-
    Thank you,

  9. Margaret says:

    congratulations Sharon 100 stitches you have shared, must own up to not having done them all but I do plan to. Used the beaded chain on my latest crazy piece and had lots of very nice comments .

  10. Angela says:

    Thanks for the instructions Sharon. I can hardly believe that it has been 100 stitches! I think I have done most of them! If only I remember them all! You can the Eastern and beaded Eastern stitch that I did at

    • sharonb says:

      Hi Angela thanks for being so loyal and participating all this time. I have always enjoyed you particular unique take on some of these stitches

  11. Anneliese says:

    Hello Sharon, I am proud to tell that I have made all 100 stitches up to now, without leaving out a single one, starting from January 2012.
    Of course, only a few stitches in one row – my blog:

  12. Annet says:

    100 TAST stitches, congrats! The beaded eastern stitch is lovely, I’m sure I’ll enjoy stitching it this week.

    If I’m right, I stitched 99 of the 100 TAST stitches. I have photo albums on my Flickr page for TAST 2007:
    TAST 2010:
    TAST 2012:
    TAST 2013:
    and TAST 2014:
    I also write about my TAST experiments on my blog with the label TAST:
    I wrote my very first post about TAST in January 2008 (only in Dutch, nobody was reading it at the time!):

    • sharonb says:

      Annet I have watched your stitching all this time- thanks for sharing and it has been lots of fun

    • Anna Brown says:

      Your work is so very very beautiful! My total admiration.

      Is it possible to receive your blog daily via email, as it is Sharon’s? If so, please add me to that list.

      So much inspiration and motivation!

      Thank you,
      Anna Brown

      • sharonb says:

        Anna you need to subscribe yourself and approve the subscription – it is to prevent people simply adding you to their list and spamming you. the subscription button is in the blog side bar

  13. michele says:

    yes I LIKE ::::
    have a good day

  14. queeniepatch says:

    Congratulations! The 100th stitch is a beauty! Looking forward to stitching it!

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