This week I have 2 stitches to share as one stitch builds on the other.
The first is a version of double Herringbone which is also known as Indian herringbone stitch. The second stitch is a decorative surface stitch known as Twisted lattice band. You need to know how to work Herringbone for this stitch
Double Herringbone version 1
This version of double herringbone stitch is also known as Indian herringbone stitch.
Work by first laying a foundation row of herringbone stitch.
Work another row of herringbone. On every second stitch, slide the needle under the cross bar created by the first row of stitches. This means that the second row of herringbone is woven or interlaced through the first row as illustrated.
This variety looks very effective when worked in two colours but is also the foundation of many versions of woven herringbone, Twisted lattice band being one of them.
Twisted Lattice Band
Twisted lattice band creates an attractive band of stitching which can be used as a border or for crazy quilters it is a quick seam embellishment. You can also work it row upon row to create an interesting fill.
Work a row of double herringbone stitch quite loosely and space slightly wider than normal. The lacing in the second part of this stitch which will tighten the stitches slightly and if you space the foundation stitches a little wider it gives you room for thicker threads if you want to use them.
The lacing is worked in two journeys and will not work if you do not use this version of double herringbone as you need the cross bars to woven for the lacing thread to sit neatly. Use a tapestry needle to avoid splitting the foundation herringbone stitch. With this stitch, take care to lace and not to pick up any of the fabric.
To lace the foundation stitches thread the needle under the herringbone cross bar in an upward direction as illustrated then move across the crossed bars, turn the needle and thread in an upward direction again.
Work along the base of the herringbone foundation stitches then turn your piece and work along the top along the top.
If you experiment with different threads you can develop some really interesting effects.
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