Stitch Chevron Art


Designer: Heidi Palkovic

Rich in texture and simplicity, an embroidered chevron design uses three different stitches to form these rows. Use all straight stitches, all backstitches, or all split stitches for each of the colored rows, and leave the white fabric background exposed for the white rows.


  • 10″-square of white linen
  • Water-soluble marking pen
  • 8″-diameter embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss: #961 pink, #3824 peach, #552 purple
  • Embroidery needle
  • 10″-square picture frame including a mat with a 412“-square opening
  • Double-stick tape
  • Masking tape (optional)
  • Chevron embroidery pattern (get it here)


1. Using a light box or sunny window, trace the chevronembroidery pattern, above, onto white linen using a water-soluble marking pen.

2. Place linen in embroidery hoop, centering the traced design in the hoop. Pull fabric taut; tighten screw.

3. Use six strands of embroidery floss for all stitches, filling one section of each chevron at a time and making the stitches parallel to the outside lines of each chevron. See our basic stitch instructions here.

4.  Stitch the #961 pink chevrons with long straight stitches that extend the length of each straight portion of the chevron.

5. To stitch the #3824 peach chevrons, begin with a line of backstitches. Stitch the second row by staggering the backstitches with the previous row to get a brick-laying effect. Continue staggering rows of backstitches until the entire area is filled.

6. Fill the #552 purple chevrons with split stitches. Leave the white chevrons unstitched.

7. Remove fabric from embroidery hoop. Using a warm iron and working on wrong side, press finished embroidery. Trim fabric to 1″ beyond the embroidery.

8. Remove back and mat from picture frame. Place pieces of double-stick tape on the back of
the mat around all four sides of the opening.

9. Place the embroidery facedown on the back of the mat, centering the embroidery in the opening. Press the fabric edges onto the double-stick tape, pulling the fabric as needed to make the embroidery fit squarely in the opening. If needed, apply pieces of masking tape along the fabric edges for extra hold. Replace frame backing.


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