Hand Sewing the Herringbone Stitch – Mother Earth News
Add detail to your next sewing project with one of the beautiful variations of the herringbone stitch.
courtesy of Abrams
The geometry of hand sewing (Abrams, 2017) by Natalie Chanin embraces traditional hand sewing while simplifying elaborate and ornate stitches using the sewing cards included in the book. Chanin is the director of Alabama Chanin and the author of four additional sewing and styling books. The following excerpt details the variations of the herringbone stitch.
Picture by Abraham Rowe and Rinne Allen
The double herringbone is worked as a single row of herringbone stitches, then filled in between the first row of stitches with a second pass.
Woven double herringbone
The double woven herringbone is created by weaving the second pass under one leg of your first row of stitches and over the second leg, alternating over and under as you sew.
The whipped herringbone (also known as the knotted herringbone) uses a small parallel whipstitch to bind each of the crossed stitches together and secure them to the fabric. The parallel overlock stitch is often worked as a second pass.
The Laced Herringbone is created with a second yarn that runs behind each of the cross yarns. It can be added to one or more rows of herringbone stitches.
The threaded rafter, in its simplest version, is created when a thread or thread is threaded under and over each of the crosses in a row of stitches.
Looped and Threaded Herringbone
The looped and threaded chevron is created by threading and looping around each of the crosses in a row of stitches.
In Knotted Herringbone, the cross stitches are knotted together – not sewn through the fabric – using a loop stitch method like Coral Stitch. This stitch is often worked in two colors to show off the added detail.
Updated on December 12, 2021 | Originally published August 8, 2018
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