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Stitchtember - Day 16 - Herringbone Stitch

Updated: Sep 17, 2023

Today's tutorial is the herringbone stitch which creates a neat line of interlaced diagonal stitches. It forms a criss-cross effect which can be used as a decorative stitch in embroidery, quilting and dressmaking.

Herringbone stitch tutorial


· Fabric – cotton or linen fabric works well. I used osnaburg fabric which is 100% seeded cotton, but you can use any spare fabric you already have.

· Stranded embroidery thread

· Needle

· Scissors


· Embroidery hoop

For your reference, during this tutorial, I am using osnaburg 100% cotton seeded fabric, black DMC stranded cotton embroidery thread, a hand embroidery needle and a 5” DMC beechwood embroidery hoop.

1. Draw two parallel lines using a heat erasable pen or water erasable pen.

2. Thread your needle using stranded embroidery thread. For this tutorial I am using four strands of DMC stranded embroidery thread. You can choose how many strands of embroidery thread you would like to work with.

3. Working from left to right, bring your needle up at point 1.

4. Pull your needle and thread all the way through, so the knot is secure on the back of the fabric.

5. Work a diagonal slanting stitch by inserting your needle into the top line, point 2.

6. Gently pull your needle and thread through to secure the stitch.

7. Bring your needle up at point 3, leaving a small gap before the end of the first stitch.

8. Insert your needle into the lower line, point 4, to create a diagonal stitch that slants in the opposite direction.

9. Bring your needle up at point 5, leaving a small gap before the end of your last stitch.

8. Insert your needle into the top line, at point 6, to create a diagonal slanting stitch.

9. Continue this process until you reach the desired length of herringbone stitch.

10. Remove the pen lines with an iron or hairdryer for a heat erasable pen or rinse with water for a water erasable pen.

11. Your herringbone stitch is complete.

Herringbone stitch top tips:

· Vary the angle of your diagonal slanted stitches to create a different look.

· Change the number of threads you work with to create different effects.

· Create several rows of herringbone stitch to make a lattice effect.

Herringbone Stitch Video Tutorial

Happy stitching!

Hannah x


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