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How to do the Herringbone Stitch

August 19th, 2011 by editor

by Needle in a Haystack

The Herringbone stitch is a decorative finishing stitch that adds a cozy touch to your handmade projects. It is often used for ornamental stitching across seam lines.

In the photo below:
1. The Herringbone Stitch works from left to right. To begin, come up under the fabric at point A and pull floss taut.
2. Go down with the needle at point B, quickly coming up at point C, (almost as if taking a Back Stitch) and pull floss taut once again.
3. Now go down again at point D, quickly coming up at the next point A to begin the sequence again.

In the photo below, you can see the needle going down at point D and quickly coming up at a new point A.

One of the tricks of making the Herringbone Stitch look nice is to strive to create parallel lines in both directions as you stitch back and forth. (See photo below.)

With a little practice, you will be stitching the Herringbone beautifully!