Sheaf Stitch is a quick, easily worked hand embroidery stitch that is ideal for beginners and children yet it is versatile enough to keep advanced embroiderers intrigued. We often underestimate this stitch.
It looks good in a thread that has a firm twist such as cotton perle #5 or Cotton Perle #8 if you like a finer embroidered texture. In my samples, I have used Caron Watercolours thread which is a variegated thread on a hand-dyed 27cnt Linda fabric. One ply of Caron Watercolour thread is about the same weight as a #5 pearl cotton but the twist is not quite so firm.
Sheaf Stitch can be worked in lines to form a border. And then again, you can have loads of fun arranging this stitch in some very attractive patterns. Since I have an addiction to pattern I always enjoy this stitch!
Sheaf Stitch is also very effective when you vary the length of each bar or add to the number of the bars.
How to hand embroider Sheaf Stitch
Bring the needle out at the top of where you want your stitch to be and make a vertical straight stitch. This stitch will be the middle stitch in the sheaf
Point your needle to the right, bringing the needle out to the right. Pull your thread through.
Take the needle to the top, insert the needle and make a vertical straight stitch. This stitch will be the right-hand side stitch in the sheaf.
Point your needle to the left bringing the needle out to the left. Pull your thread through.
Point your needle to the left centre of the middle straight stitch. Pull your thread through.
Thread your needle under the left straight stitch.
Take your thread over the top and pass your needle under the right straight stitch. Insert the needle in the middle and take the thread to the back.
Pull snugly to make a small crossbar.
You can arrange Sheaf stitch in patterns.
You can also use this stitch to decorate seams in crazy quilting. This sample is from block 80 on my I Dropped the Button Box quilt. You can get the pattern and see the block 80 here
I hope you enjoy the stitch!
Have you seen my Stitchers Templates?
As someone who loves crazy quilting and embroidery, I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my templates, you can create hundreds of different patterns to apply to your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.
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