green herringbone embroidery

Herringbone stitch is like the wool dress coat of embroidery stitches.  If you live in a warm climate, you might not understand that analogy, but think of pictures you’ve seen of people in a cold winter.  This stitch takes a lot of space and grabs attention in an embroidery piece.  There are many different variations, but I have only shared the basic version.

When to use it:

  • borders
  • fences
  • roofs
  • grass
  • bushes
  • fancy stripes

How to do it:

Bring the thread up to the top of the embroidery fabric.  Right handed people generally work herringbone from the left to the right.  I assume lefties would do the reverse.


Take a stitch just up and slightly to the right of your starting point.  Be sure to NOT catch the thread with the needle for this one.


Now take a stitch down and just to the right.  This should be in line with the starting point.


Continue, alternating up and down.  You might notice that the stitches are out of balance X’s.


This stitch is fun and works up quickly.

Check out more embroidery stitch tutorials HERE.


Elizabeth DeCroos - Epida Studio.

Elizabeth DeCroos

Elizabeth DeCroos is the designer and teacher at Epida Studio. She loves to work in quilting, pojagi and embroidery and teach these techniques to others.
Learn more and get her to speak to your group.

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