How to hand embroider Raised Herringbone Band

raised herringbone band sampleRaised Herringbone Band is one of those stitches you look at in a stitch dictionary but don’t get around to trying, then when you do, you wonder why it took so long to explore! Raised Herringbone Band built up in layers. It looks complex but in fact is relatively simple. First a layer of Satin stitch then a line of herringbone that is laced. You can change threads and you can also vary  the width of the band. Also you can work the band on a gentle curve.  It is a very effective border and quite complete in itself.

raised herringbone band sampleIt is interesting to work this stitch in different threads. I did a sample with a foundation of gold thread which looked great but it impossible to photograph!

How to work Raised Herringbone Band

The sample has the foundation row worked in perle 8, the herringbone worked using 6 threads of stranded cotton floss and it is laced with a chenille thread

raised herringbone band 1First lay down a band of Satin stitch. Satin stitch is in my stitch dictionary if you need to know how to work it follow the link to a tutorial.

raised herringbone band 2Next work a line of Herringbone stitch. When working make sure the herringbone stitches are a little loose as lacing will tighten the stitches.

raised herringbone band 3Lace the herringbone foundation stitches as shown in the illustration.

Bring the needle out at the base of the row. Thread the needle under the herringbone in an upward direction then move across the crossed bars of the herringbone turn the needle and thread in an downward direction.

raised herringbone band 4Repeat this motion under, up and over and under again type motion along the line of Satin Stitch.

raised herringbone band 5My tip is dont pull too tight  just relax and lace the threads.

raised herringbone band 6

I hope you enjoy Raised Herringbone Band. As I say experiment with different threads particularly at the lacing phase as this stitch  lends itself to lots of interesting textures and variety.

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35 Comments

  1. Both my cameras have broken down, so I’m not able to post. However, I still follow as much of these wonderful projects as I can. But, I have to say that, although I appreciate the creativity of individual sites, I find those who have “Stitchin Finger” sites much easier to follow and respond to. Only 1 longon, 1 password, no verification. So, although I look at and admire everyone’s work, I may only comment to those posting to their accounts on “Stitchen Finger.” Good stitching to all! Laurel

    Laurel
  2. I sure hope they found the thief and your property. I know how you feel as my purse/handbag was stolen when we lived in London and it had ALL my ID in it, on a holiday week, when the Embassy was closed and their computer system wasn’t working. That stolen passport still haunts me 30 years later when I have to go through customs/immigration here in the US.

    Here is my stab at Raised Herringbone: http://210920746822434353.weebly.com/index.html

  3. So sorry to hear your bag was stolen. I remember the awful sinking feeling I had when my wallet was stolen. Such a hassle to stop all the credit cards and get them re-issued. I lost a lot of identification items, too. I hope at least some of the items are found and returned to you.

    Suztats
  4. sorry to hear about your bag Sharon, credit cards can be replaced but I am sure you had personal things in there too which mean so much to you.I suppose there is not much chance of it being found but maybe you will be lucky, the valuables would have gone but other things could come back to you.

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