Sword Stitch Tutorial

Sword Stitch Tutorial

Sword stitch is a simple easy stitch to work which is classified as an isolated stitch. Its simplicity means your experiments can take you in different directions. Obviously you can work Sword stitch as an isolated stitch but arranging it in patterns or lines can take the stitch off in anther design direction entirely. You can flip them and worked them back to back or double and layer them.

You can work Sword stitch in a circle to create ‘flower’ or marine life type shapes and motifs or work the cross with a bead threaded in the last part of the stitch.  You can also mix your threads while working Sword stitch creating interesting contrasts of colour and texture in the process. Its very simplicity of Sword stitch enables much and you are only limited by your imagination.

How to work Sword Stitch

How to work sword stitch tutorial step 1

Bring your thread from the back of the fabric and insert your needle at A and bring your needle out at B.

How to work sword stitch tutorial step 2

Pull your needle through to make a diagonal stitch. Keep your thread loose.

How to work sword stitch tutorial step 3Slide your needle under the loop and take it through. You do not take your needle through the fabric

How to work sword stitch tutorial step 4Insert your needle at C and take your needle through the fabric to complete the stitch

How to work sword stitch tutorial step 5As you can see sword stitch is simple but has many possibilities!


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  1. Thank you very much Sharon..it is so nice to hear from you..you made my day too…really while stitching the sword stitch I remember all the good time I spend learning with mom..if there were no repair work at home I could have made some more better patterns..

    thanks a lott..


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