Tutorial on how to work Beaded Herringbone Stitch

Beaded herringbone is a variety of Herringbone stitch which makes a very attractive border stitch and is an ideal to use in crazy quilting to decorate a seam.

With this stitch the beading is done during the stitching process not added afterward. The trick is use a size 26 tapestry needle. Since the eye of a tapestry needle is long you can thread perle #8 and Perle #5 through the long eye. However the needle itself is thin which means you can add a bead to your working thread as you stitch.

The samples below are worked in # 5 cotton perle thread.
Beaded Herringbone stitch step 1Start Beaded Herringbone as you would regular herringbone stitch and work from left to right between two lines. Bring the needle out on the bottom left-hand side of the line to be worked.

Beaded Herringbone stitch step 2Make a small stitch on the top line which points to the left, pull the thread through.

Add 4 or 5 seed beads to your thread.

Beaded Herringbone stitch step 3

Insert the thread on the lower line a little to the right and make a small stitch which points to the left and pull the thread through.

Beaded Herringbone stitch step 4

Work a second crossbar by moving to the top of the line to make a small stitch which points to the left and pulling the thread through. Continue in the manner along the line.

Beaded Herringbone stitch step 5

I hope you enjoy this variety of Herringbone stitch

I hope you like this variety of Herringbone stitch! 

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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CQ detail 373

crazy quilt seam embellishmentThis seam is embellished with threaded herringbone worked in perle 5 thread. I then added bugle and seed beads. It is found on block 55 of the I Dropped the Button Box Quilt.

What is the story?

This regularly published series aims to illustrate and document the hand embroidered seams, embellishments and decorations on my crazy quilt I dropped the button box.

All articles are categorised in the projects under Crazy Quilt details which enables readers to browse back through the series.

Free Crazy quilt block patterns

In the process of documenting the seam decorations on this quilt, as I get to each block I am diagramming it out for readers as a free crazy quilt pattern. Links to these free pattern pages are listed on the CQ details FAQ page.