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Herringbone stitch is done with the cue of two parallel lines . A series of similar criss cross diagonal stitches are made between the lines which finally produces the unique look of the Herringbone stitch.

Herringbone stitch is great to do  border patterns and floral designs. Herringbone stitch can also be used as a very attractive and suitable filling stitch.

Historically the herringbone stitch is used as one of the symbolic motifs in the traditional knitted fisherman’s sweater, specifically, the tradition as it exists in the Channel Islands of Guernsey, Jersey and Filey. The herringbone pattern represents the “fisherman’s catch and thus for success in one’s career”. The different beautiful patterns of the Herringbone stitching   technique can be intimidating as well as confusing, but actually it is not.


  • An embroidery hoop
  • Sewing needles of different sizes (as per need)
  • Pencil
  • Small scissors
  • Small pieces of cotton fabric
  • Normal cotton thread
  • Ruler

Here we bring you the most simple step by step process to get working with the Herringbone stitch embroidery.

  1. If you are a beginner to stitching or are new to the herringbone stitching method, it is recommended to draw two parallel lines with about 1.5cm gap between them. Make sure to draw the parallel lines with pencil on your practice fabric. 
  1. Bring the needle out through the starting point from behind of the fabric to any one of the parallel lines. Now take the needle an inch ahead of the first point and put it in the other line. But don’t let the needle completely in.
  2. Bring the needle up again though the fabric on the same line at the distance of about half inch. Now completely pull out the needle and repeat the same process an inch ahead on the other line.
  3. Continuing this will produce the unique criss cross pattern stitch of the Herringbone stitch.

Herringbone stitch can also be used as a very attractive filler. But when you are filling a design with the herringbone stitch make sure that you are placing the stitches very close to each other. Here is an interesting variant, or better to say a modified Herringbone stitch.

Tied herringbone stitch

To make this stitch, do the regular herringbone stitch between the two parallel lines. Now thread the needle with a different thread and make a straight stitch over all of the crossed stitches in the herringbone pattern., making ties between all the cross points of the original Herringbone stitch.

Similarly a lot of the creative variants can be made of the original Herringbone stitch. Like the Double Herringbone stitch, where the only difference is that you make an overlapping Herringbone stitch over the gaps of the original Herringbone stitch. To add more spice, you can use different coloured threads for the different layers of the overlapping Herringbone stitches.

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