Stitchers Worksheets

What are Stitchers Worksheets?

The stitch file worksheets are printable template pages which are designed by me to build into a hand embroiderer’s resource file. The worksheets are part stitch dictionary, part inspiration, part storage format, part stimulus to explore new stitches, part lesson and part organisation method.

I am steadily releasing modules of worksheets to share the stitches and their varieties I have collected over 30 years.

stitch worksheet files in use

Each worksheet features:

The first thing people will notice is that the worksheets have the stitch name running down the side of the page.

side bar image

I have placed the name of the stitch down the side, so when looking for a stitch you can simply flick along the edge of the pages. If you have ever looked through a large full binder file, and had to open each page to see the title of the page you will know it is annoying particularly if the file is heavy. The stitch name running down the side of the page solves this problem.

The worksheets are named by stitch and by stitch family so people can file by either. The choice is yours.

A small picture of each stitch is in the top right hand corner of each worksheet.

How many times can you remember what a stitch looks like but have forgotten the name? These little icons aim to solve that problem as you can flick through the pictures in the top right hand corner and recognise the stitch you are looking for.

Illustrated step by step directions:

Each stitch has illustrated directions on how to work the stitch.

On the same page, is a space for you to attach a sample, add notes and a record of fabric, thread and needle used.

how to page illustrated

Eye Candy for Stitchers!

Each stitch file has samples of the stitch used in differnt ways.

photos of stitches page

These images are otherwise known as stitchers eye candy. The illustrations aim to make you think about what is possible with that stitch.

sampler of stitching

This is  a teaser as it is one of the samples I have worked for the stitch worksheets.

extra space page

Space for extra Samples

Each stitch file has the options for pages that have two or three areas for extra samples. People can choose which fits the size of their sample best and print the page that suits them and thier resource file.

samples on pages

Space for further notes

Also the worksheets have a section to store photos and note the source of who stitched it. Many of us make up our own ‘inspiration’ file of images found online. So that you dont forget to record where you saw it and whose work it is, this section enables people to track the sources of your inspiration. Once again there are different pages options to print out what you need.

page grid for file

A Grid to sketch out further ideas

Finally there is a grid page as place to sketch out ideas or make further notes.

hand embroidery sample

Choice is the Key

People can print out just the pages they want. They can attach their samples and either use a hole punch or keep their resource file in plastic file pockets.

The Modular Format 

The stitch worksheets are offered as a series of reasonably priced modules. This means that people do not have to commit to a huge amount of money, or feel to daunted to start their own sample file. For many the idea of stitching samples for the whole amount would send them running for the hills.

Anyone who has done the TAST (Take a Stitch Tuesday) challenge will know that it is the bit by bit process that can be steadily built on that produces results.

The modular nature of the worksheets can leverage the psychology behind learning something in a series of small manageable chuncks and produce a positive enhancement to learning hand embroidery.

The combination of the eye candy, a place for people to store their own experiments, to store photos and maker further notes means as they build they become is a valuable resource file and become more valuable the more you build. A bit like life, the more you put in the more you will get out of it.

By releasing them in modules if someone tires, wants a break, or if life gets too busy,  they have not lost a lot of money or have a huge unfinished thing to feel guilty about. If people need to take a break they can as they can just buy the next module when they want to and join back in.

Test for free

You can test the worksheets, work a few samples and see if this process suits you.

Please note: There are two versions one is A4 size and the other is US letter size.

These files are in PDF format and you will need Adobe reader to view them. The PDF reader is free from Adobe you can get it from here

Module 1 contains

  • Back Stitch
  • Buttonhole Stitch
  • Herringbone Stitch

Download A4 Module 1 free

Download US letter Module 1 free

Module 2 contains

  • Chevron Stitch
  • Cretan Stitch
  • Couching Stitch

Download A4 module 2 free

Download US letter module 2 free

Module 3 contains

  • Chain Stitch
  • Detached Chain Stitch
  • Fly Stitch

Download A4 module 3 free

Download US letter module 3 free

Module 4 contains

  • Feather Stitch
  • Running Stitch
  • Stem Stitch

Download A4 module 4 free

Download US Letter module 4 free

Where are the other worksheets for hand embroiderers?

Other stuff 

How have I attached my samples to my worksheets?

I have used Mistyfuse. Mistyfuse is an iron on fusable webbing with an adhesive that will be better in the long term than double sided tape.

I simply followed the instructions and it worked fine. My only advice is to turn off the steam function as many bubble jet printers are not waterproof and steam can make your paper buckle.

I placed the sample on the page and touched it gently with the iron to position it and then I turned the page and  gently ironed from the back so I was not pressing the front of the embroidery.

57 Responses to Stitchers Worksheets

  1. terry jones says:

    what kind of cloth are you using for the samples? thread?

    needle? thanks, terry

  2. Hanneke says:

    Can you please help me?
    I can’t download the 4 file. It gives me
    error page.
    Thank you Hanneke

  3. Ren Fridenberg says:

    I think this is a very interesting idea. Thirty years! What an amazing thing to share. I look forward to working with you over the next thirty years.

  4. kendell says:

    Thank you for sharing these files, they are really appreciated.

  5. Mary Buckley says:

    Thank you for these free stitch guides, I’m very excited to try them out!

  6. delb says:

    bonjour! je découvre votre site et je suis très intéressée!!!MAIS les explications seront-elles en français????est-ce-que les schémas sont suffisants pour comprendre???bonne journée et à bientôt

  7. Marta Almirón says:

    Muchas gracias por tu generosidad!!
    Saludos desde buenos Aires.

  8. fermina hdz says:

    Mil gracias por compartir. Agradezco infinitamente a ti a y todas las personas que generosamente comparten lo que saben para que otras aprendamos y disfrutemos de este maravilloso entrenimiento. Dios les bendiga grandemente.

  9. Carolyn says:

    Thank you for the free resource pages. I look forward to doing my homework and rediscovering one of my favorite passions!!

  10. fran says:

    I have just discovered your site and am blown away by it.Your creativity is amazing. I just love your samples, particularly the eye-candy in blues for a stitch module I think it was. Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Marie from Wichita, Kansas USA says:

    Sharon, I happened upon your website and it is awesome! I am just beginning a quilt class at my church and I can’t wait to tell the other gals about your crazy quilt designs and worksheets…wow…thank you so much for sharing those as it will help us newbies get started!!! There are afew of us that want to tackle the crazy quilt once we get the basics under our belts. God bless you for sharing your talents and creativity with so many!!! Bless you and may we continue to follow you and learn more!!!

  12. sandrah says:

    love your website! So informative and with beautiful stitching guides. The blue eye-candy is wonderful.

  13. LYNNE says:

    Just found your site as I was hopping from place to place and I am really glad I did. Have embroidered all my life and have quilted for the last 15 years but have just started down the crazy quilt path. Thank you so much for all the sharing you do. In this day and age when individuals seem to be out for what they can get, it is very refreshing to still find someone who is willing to give away. I was brought up to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and you obviously were too. I believe in Karma and you will get your rewards back a hundred fold. Thank you, once again, I will definitely be visiting often. Lynne

  14. pushpagendhini says:

    resonly i found this is very usefull…new idea on work sheet …i love it

  15. Dawn says:

    Hello Sharon, I love embroidery and your site and I appreciate the free modules, and I was wondering; will the first four modules be the only ones that are free? I am disabled and on a fixed income and cannot afford to be a paying customer at this time, but I LOVE your Stitch Worksheets, Friday Freebies, Take a Stitch Tuesdays and everything else here! Thanks are not enough, but thank you, Sharon, very much! ~ Dawn ~

  16. Eileene says:

    Sharon , thanks for all the things I’ve learned from you. Now for the question. How many modules will be done to get them all?

    • sharonb says:

      I am not sure how many modules there will be as they are a way of me collating together material about stitches that I have collected over 30 years!
      They started when I put out the first 4 modules free. They are a basic stitches and I was just going to do them and that was it but people wanted more (the whole stitch dictionary and “anything else I had!”) People were particularly interested in unusual stitches and varieties of stitches. So I am doing them bit by bit. I am pleased that all the information and research done is not lost. Hopefully they will be done before arthritis becomes too much of an issue! But how many will be done to be honest I dont know. As I release them I run a half price deal and people get more than a few hours enjoyment out of them.

  17. Riana Herd says:

    Thank you for a wonderful site. Am now 56 yrs old and only now do I start embroidery. Am unemployed, so budget is close to zero. Using my late mother’s threads etc. Never learned from her, such a pitty. She made lovely stuff.

  18. Thank you a million times over for your wonderful work. An inspiration to us all.

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  20. Susan Befus says:

    I am the Newsletter Editor for North Shore Needle Arts in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. I would love to use one or two of your surface embroidery pictures in our Newsletter for October, with your address. Would that be allowed?
    Thank you,
    Susan Befus

  21. Dear Sharon, how can Y buy this Stitchers Worksheets? I just love have one! If it is possible, how much does it cost? Thank you!

    • sharonb says:

      links to modules 5,6 and 7 are on this page where it says “Where are the other worksheets for hand embroiderers?”
      modules 1,2,3 and 4 are free and are also on this page

  22. Anusha says:

    I just love the worksheets . Will definitely buy the rest . Your work is very inspirational .

  23. Bev 62 says:

    Have prowled you site often, and now it is time to get serious. have downloaded your first 4 sets of worksheets as I think that will be enough of a challenge to start. Q. do you use aida cloth or a cross stitch type of cloth for your samples. If not what do you use. Thank you for some truly inspirational pieces.

    • sharonb says:

      Hi Bev I dropped you an email but I use what is to hand. Mainly it is linen but sometimes Aida. Much of the time it is scraps often off the edge of fabric used on my sampler. I happens because the sampler is a long strip and if the fabric piece was a square I often have a smaller strip down the side. I use them for samples or often the images are from my sampler itself of course.

  24. Your worksheets are wonderful! The details provided, and the design of each page to maximize our choice in using them makes them such a versatile and valuable resource! Thank you for the substantial talent and work you’ve poured into this. It is much appreciated! I’ve downloaded the free sheets and will be back soon to purchase the others. I only wish I had taken the time to look at these earlier, but better late than never! Thanks again!

  25. Kathryn Hickling says:

    I love these sheets, fantastic resource and free. I have also purchased the other sets as I think they are a brilliant idea.
    Thanks for all your hard work Sharon

    Thanks Again


  26. Magda Bohorquez says:

    Bordo y hago patch work y este trabajo me parece una maravilla como me inscribo a los cursos

  27. JOYCE BANNON says:

    I have enrolled in your class starting June 12, 2013, my only hope is that I will be able to download all instruction for the class as any of these (free) downloads I have not been able to receive. All I get is they are not available.

    • sharonb says:

      Sorry to hear you are having trouble. I have just had a friend check that they can get them ok and they had no trouble.
      So try again as perhaps the server was busy when you tried.

  28. Karen says:

    What an awesome site! I’ve never subscribed to a blog before, but yours is my first.
    I downloaded the free Adobe reader from your site, and then tried to download the free worksheets. All I’m getting is black pages – no content. Can you help?
    Thank you so much,

  29. Norma says:

    Just discovered your site – what a treasure trove – I’ll bet you’re an amazing instructor! Thank you for sharing your expertise.

  30. Hi Sharon,
    I just love your crazy quilt. How do I get the diamond shape for the blocks? Do you sell the ruler? Thanks for your reply.

  31. michele says:

    you are fabulous . Your stitch explanations are easy to follow and your models too . Thank you very much for all the work you did .
    have a good day

  32. Stephanie Quattrini says:

    Hello Sharon,
    I do a lot of freeform embroidery on felt, silk etc. I have enrolled in your class starting in May (2014) and am really looking forward to it.
    I have read these posts and you say that you use anything to hand for your Stitchers Worksheets but I really need basic information on the canvas as I have never used it and I want to buy some to complete the worksheets and to prepare for the class in May.
    Thanks in advance.

    • sharonb says:

      Stephanie use anything -you can buy something like 25 cut linen or 27cnt linda – but it is expensive – so truly use any fabric that you can stitch comfortably through – i.e. get a needle and poke it through the fabric to see if it passes easily then find some dress fabric – or quilters cotton – stitches will look different on different fabrics and that is how to learn – a tea towel – an old table cloth from a second hand store – experiment and don’t spend a lot so that it does not become a issue if things don’t work out perfect as a doodle cloth is not a finished item.

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  34. regina drumond says:

    I like much your instructions and I am learning some of your stitches, Thank you for your kindness to share them with us

  35. Jackie Lott says:

    I’m very excited about getting these .

  36. Charlette Smith says:

    I want to thank you.
    I am newly disabled and have been looking online to learn how to embroider, crochet, quilt etc. anything so I don’t go crazy. Your instructions are great. I will be trying to save some money to purchase the others.

    • sharonb says:

      Charlette Have you checked out the TAST challenge? Every week or so I post directions for an embroidery stitch – it’s free and it may suit your budget for that reason!

  37. Monica says:

    Kan jy asb vir my die lint borduur steke stuur. Ek wil my graag self leer, maar weet nie eers hoe om te begin nie.

  38. Theresa Laboda says:

    What a wealth of information, thanks for sharing.

  39. Josie Booth says:

    Thank you for the beautiful work you are sharing. This is so exciting – bless you and your talented hands and mind :)

  40. Deborah says:

    I have been embroidering for about 40 years, and never thought of making a book of the stitches. Thank you so much for the modules and for the information and inspiration. Looking forward to more ideas.

  41. Wendy says:

    I purchased module seven but am getting an error message and can’t figure out how to download it.

    Thank you,


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