Wave Stitch

Creating a wave stitch. Creating a wave stitch.

The wave stitch is a composite stitch that is made along two horizontal (guide) lines. First a series of short vertical stitches is made along the top line. Then a thread is woven through these stitches and stitched into the ground material, along the bottom line and in the middle between two of these stitches.

The closed wave stitch (also known as the looped shading stitch) is characterised by the stitches being worked very closely together, thereby hiding most of the ground material, while the open wave stitch is marked by the stitches being worked in such a way that much of the ground material is left visible.


  • CLAYTON, Mary (2007). The Needlecrafter's Companion. 1001 Stitch Terms and Techniques, London: Collins and Brown, p. 172.
  • EATON, Jan (1986). The Complete Stitch Encyclopedia, Twickenham: Hamlyn Publishing, pp. 69, 71, 73, 75.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 27 January 2017).


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