How to Hand Embroider Buttonholed Herringbone stitch

Buttonholed Herringbone is a composite stitch which I often get asked about. As the name suggests it  consists of a foundation of herringbone stitch which is then buttonholed.

Buttonholed Herringbone 1

First work a line of herringbone in fairly solid thread such as perle 5. If you need a refresher on how to work herringbone follow the link to see a tutorial.  You will also find buttonhole  as well.

Buttonholed Herringbone 2

Use a blunt ended needle for the second thread so that you do not split the foundation herringbone stitches.

Bring your needle out at the base of the row of herringbone then work buttonhole stitch using the herringbone stitches as the foundation.

Note you are not passing your needle through the fabric.

Buttonholed Herringbone 3

Work buttonhole stitches along the bar until they are snug.

Buttonholed Herringbone 4

When you reach the top of the bar pass the needle under the cross of the herringbone stitch and work a single buttonhole stitch.

Buttonholed Herringbone 5

Then continue on the downward bar once again working enough buttonhole stitches until they are snug.

Buttonholed Herringbone 6

When you reach the bottom of the bar pass the needle under the cross of the herringbone stitch and work a single buttonhole stitch.

Continue in this manner until the foundation stitches of herringbone are covered in buttonhole.

Buttonholed Herringbone 6


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22 Responses to How to Hand Embroider Buttonholed Herringbone stitch

  1. Connie Spector says:

    Beautiful Stitch

  2. Debbie says:

    Here you can view my attempts at stitches 51 to 55:

  3. Good evening,

    I am a little behind everyone else. Here is my sample of Stitch 55, buttonholed herringbone.

    More later!


  4. Barbara/Hopscotch says:

    Another side of my textile vase finished. This is a compilation of the tast stitches – the last being Buttonholed Herringbone.

  5. Liz says:

    I found this stitch to be perfect for the smoke coming out of the pipe I stitched…

  6. Pamela says:

    This is my first attempt at TAST. My buttonholed herringbone can be seen at

  7. Lucy Landry says:

    This was the perfect stitch for my armadillo’s ears. Slowly, week by week, he is taking shape. I’ve got his head done now.

  8. Isabelle says:

    here is my participation for the tast.
    I tested the second stitch of the previous week, and I’ll try to catch up the last week.

  9. Shami Immanuel says:

    Here is my sample for the last two week’s stitches.

  10. Hi Sharon,
    It has been raining forever here, looks like yet another wet weekend. I have posted to my blog
    and to the Flickr group
    Have a good weekend

  11. I’m still doing the buttonholed herringbone but I have just posted my design challenge 1 on my blog.

  12. Carol Harper says:

    I must be doing something wrong — the stitch isn’t lying down and doesn’t make those beautiful curves you show…

    • sharonb says:

      Carol probably your foundation stitches are too tight. Let the tension on them ease a bit then when you buttonhole them they become loops.

  13. Angela says:

    Oh Sharon! I really like this stitch. It is new to me and you can see my humble attempt at
    Thank you so much!

  14. Annet says:

    It’s still Monday here and I just wrote about my triangular feather stitch experiments here:
    I’m planning to write my weekly post with old stitches tomorrow, I have some nice samples of the buttonholed herringbone stitch.

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