Basic Embroidery Stitches – Sheaf Stitch

Basic Embroidery Stitches – Sheaf Stitch

First, a note

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The sheaf stitch is comprised of all straight stitches – even the “tie” on the bundle is just a straight stitch that catches the first stitches and pulls them in toward the center.

It’s got a lot of texture, because you’re putting two layers of thread on your ground fabric, and depending on how tightly you pull the tying stitch, you may gather the base stitches into more than two layers.

Explore stitching this. The image to this blog post includes a couple different sizes of the stitch in different directions, and the center stitch uses two different thread types – one for the sheaf and one for the tie.

Use this stitch on its own to indicate actual sheaves of grain, or lined up for texture. It can make a great border, especially if you play with using different threads within it.


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