Tag: herringbone stitch

tutorial: Herringbone stitch variation 5

Variation 5

This variation is actually a combination of 2 Herringbone stitch rows. The smaller stitch is stitched in a contrast color and half the thickness of the bigger row. You can use the same thickness of thread for both rows, though.

herringbone stitch variation 5

The smaller row of herringbone stitches lays in line with the crosses of the previous row.


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tutorial: Herringbone stitch variation 4

Variation 4

For this version you wrap the previous stitch before making the next one. I would call this stitch wrapped herringbone, probably there is a real name out there. If you know the real name be so kind and put it in the comments.

herringbone stitch variation 4

Put the needle from right to left under the previous stitch. Pull through.

herringbone stitch variation 4

Make the next herringbone stitch as usual.

herringbone stitch variation 4

Put the needle under the previous stitch from right to left. Pull through and make the next stitch as usual.

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Tutorial: Herringbone stitch variation 3

herringbone stitch variation 3

Variation 3

For this variation, you embroider three herringbone stitches over another. You start with a taller than wide herringbone stitch.

herringbone stitch variation 3

Begin the 2nd row a little bit more inwards than the previous row. Continue to stitch a little bit below/above the previous stitch.

herringbone stitch variation 3

Stitch the 3rd row even smaller than the middle row.

herringbone stitch variation 3

three colored and uni

You can do this stitch variation in one color, too, or stitch the two outer rows in one color and the middle one on a contrast color. Achieve an ombre effect by choosing a lighter and darker hue of the main color. The color variations are huge with this stitch!


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Tutorial: Herringbone stitch variation 2


Variation 2

This stitch starts with a simple row of herringbone stitch. It should not be too small in scale, because the bars over the stitches can cover up the effect if the thread is too thick in comparison to the whole stitch. Try and test if you want to use a slimmer thread (e.g. 2 instead of 3 strands). I found the thread in my tutorial  almost too thick and think I should have used 2 strands instead, when I look at the pictures now.

herringbone stitch variation 3

After the first row of stitches start to make a line of running stitches at the point where the upper cross meets. After finishing the row, you stitch over the bottom crosses, too.

herringbone stitch variation

left side: running stitch; right side: backstitch

The running stitch makes a flat texture. If you want the bars to pop out more, change direction of your stitch and switch between the top and bottom row. This way the herringbone stitches get a little bit strangled and the bar rises.



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Tutorial: Herringbone stitch variation 1

herringbone stitch variation 2

Variation 1

This variation creates a textured stitch pattern like a woven basket.

herringbone stitch variation 2

The second row of stitches begins a little bit under half the length of the first row. The “heads” of the stitches are placed in the gap between the legs and the heads of the previous row.


Above you can see the difference between the stitch done in one direction and changed directions. For the left version I stitched every uneven row from right to left, instead of left to right like the uneven rows. The right version is worked left to right in every row.

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The Herringbone stitch days

Right at the beginning of my embroidery learning journey several years ago I made a herringbone stitch sampler with herringbone variations I found in an old stitch booklet.

This sampler became my default sampler for herringbone stitches and I took a lot of inspiration from it.

herringbone stitch sampler

the original sampler

During the next 5 days I will present you 5 tutorials for exciting variations of this wonderfully versatile stitch. All of them are simple to stitch and each one looks completely different.

Here are the variations (posting between dec 4th-8th)

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If you are new to the herringbone stitch: Here is the tutorial for the basic stitch.


Also there are already 2 variations in my embroidery tutorial list:

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7 days of stitches: herringbone stitch


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 :D

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:


Before making the stitch you can mark 2 parallel lines on the fabric to make it easier to keep the right spacing. Then imagine a triangle between the 2 lines with the point where the thread comes out as the left bottom corner. So now when you stick the needle in the upper line you do it just a little bit on the right of the upper corner of the triangle. Then come up just a little bit left of the upper corner of the triangle.


Repeat the step above, but upside down. The triangle has it’s base now in the upper line and the pointy corner at the bottom.


this stitch produces 2 dashed lines of stitches in the back

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.

herringbonedaysembherringvaremb-verticalherringbone 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:

hand embroidered plush by María Tenorio - look at the variety of stitches in her works!

hand embroidered plush by María Tenorio – look at the variety of stitches in her works!

Wait, there is more! Here are some great examples of embroidery featuring the RUNNING STITCH curated in a Pinterest board:

herringbone stitch pinterest board

This tutorial is part of 7 days of stitches. Take a look over here to see all the other stitches.

If you have additional information about the herringbone stitch, please feel free to comment!




Herringbone stitch variations

Der “du machst doch Handarbeiten, oder?”-Effekt hat mir eine Riesenladung Stickgarn von einer Freundin gebracht.

The “don’t you do needleworks?”- effect got me lots of embroidery floss in lots of colours from a friend.

Meine Lieblingskreuznahtvarianten

My favorite herringbone stitch variations

neue Sticharten ausprobieren aus meinem Stickbuch, das genauso alt ist wie ich 😉

testing stitches from a book the same age as I am 😉