UPDATE: Originally I wrote this post in February 2014 as a tutorial series. However, I recently felt that it would be great to vamp this series up and add some new insights of my own, picture examples and a pinterest board to get in the mood to start stitching! So if you are reading this in 2016 and later: Hello! You are reading the better and improved version
The herringbone stitch is a crossed stitch. It’s commonly used to fill areas with a low amount of waste yarn in the back.
Here is how it works:
The herringbone stitch is ideal for filling long stretched areas. It works great for leaves, flowers or braided stuff. Don’t stretch the stitch too high because it tends to contract the fabric between the 2 lines if your tension of fabric is not right or simply the space between both lines is to big. Try not to pull the thread too much after each stitch or the fabric is more likely to contract inbetween.
By positioning the stitches you can also achieve multiple effects with this stitch.I have made several tutorials on variations of the herringbone stitch here, here and here, if you want to give this stitch a try.
The herringbone stitch is not as commonly used as the other basic stitches we covered over the last days. Luckily Maria Tenorio uses this stitch (and many many others more!) for her plushs:
Wait, there is more! Here are some great examples of embroidery featuring the RUNNING STITCH curated in a Pinterest board:
If you have additional information about the herringbone stitch, please feel free to comment!