Fishbone Stitch Embroidery is most widely used for filling shapes such as leaves (or fish body, as the name says) and feathers. Fishbone stitch is one of those simple, but very effective stitches that capture the shape and delicate form of leaves, feathers and other parts of a picture. You may need to use a filling stitch with some texture and character. It holds of a series of slanty stitches that overlap in the middle creating a center main line. Fishbone stitch can be done close to create a smooth satin stitch like result, or with spaces for a more open look that makes an interesting border stitch.
The Fishbone stitch requires us to divide the pattern into two and each side is filled alternately giving it an uniform divided effect in the center. The most pleasing thing about fishbone stitching is its very simplicity. With no tough, complicated knots or wrappings are required, this stitch creates beautiful results with a very little effort.
FISHBONE STITCH EMBROIDERY REQUIRED TOOLS AND MATERIALS
- An embroidery hoop
- Sewing needles of different sizes (as per need)
- Small scissors
- Small pieces of cotton fabric
- Normal cotton thread
Without further waiting here we got you the simplest step by step guide to get you started with the Fishbone stitch right away.
- Firstly the very important recommendation for the beginners, or if you are only new to the Fishbone stitch embroidery technique. Make the design on the practice fabric, or practice canvas used for embroidery. Also to keep track of the stitching and so that the shape comes out as expected. Make sure to draw with a light erasable pencil.
- Secondly to start with, make a leaf, it is the easiest to make. Bring the needle out through the tip of the leaf and put it back a stitch distance away through the mid line of the leaf. Now again bring it up from the nearest point of the very first hole and this time stab back to a point very near to the second hole.
- Thirdly now bring out the needle from the bottom, but from the other side of the leaf. After that make a round to the middle line of the leaf and stab it through in a slanting manner. Also make sure the distance between each stitch is not much. They must be stitched very close for a better filler.
There are different kinds of the Fishbone stitch embroidery
i) open fishbone stitch, ii) flat fishbone stitch, iii) raised fishbone stitch.
The basics of all the variants are the same, but with just a few interesting twists.
For open fishbone stitch, the only difference, which is also evident by the name of it and how it looks, is the gap between all the stitches. Just increase the gap between the stitches of the original fishbone stitch, and here you have Open Fishbone stitch.
For Raised Fishbone stitch, the only difference from the original stitch is that the stitches are done diagonally to the opposite side of the leaf. This variant of the Fishbone stitch gives the leaf, as the name says, a lift or rain in structure.