For the Love of Stitching Sampler – Band 132

For the Love of Stitching Sampler – Band 132

This row of stitching always intrigues people. It is created by working a band of herringbone stitch, then on the return row using the cross bars of the herrringbone as a foundation for buttonhole bar stitch. I have never seen it documented as I made it up but I am sure other people have thought to do it too.


A hand dyed perle cotton


This section of my sampler is worked on cream dress linen which is an uneven weave


Procion cold water dyes for the thread


All samples are 15 cm (6 inches) wide and stitched together in one long band sampler.

The sampler is currently 44 ft 5 inches or 533 inches (1353.83 centimetres) or 14.8 yards  (13.53 metres) long and still being added to.


I started this section of the sampler in 2004 and completed it early 2005.


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All posts in the series are in the category  the Love of Stitching Band Sampler


  1. This stitch is in my embroidery book ‘Embroidery Stitches’ by Mary Webb. She calls it buttonholed herringbone stitch. I used it in August on one of my crazy Monday blocks:
    Yesterday I used it again on my new block, that will be on my blog next Monday. I made 2 buttonhole stitches on the bottom of the herringbone to get a round shape. I like the effect you created with the perle cotton.

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