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Raised Close Herringbone Stitch

Raised Close Herringbone Stitch

Raised Close Herringbone

The Raised Close Herringbone stitch is usually worked in the shape of leaves and incorporated in floral sprays. It is a self-padding stitch that adds texture and interest to a spray.  I recommend using a blunt tapestry needle when working Raised Close Herringbone Stitch. This avoids splitting the stitches.

Before you start, mark a leaf shape on your fabric. And use a pen that is easily removed, such as a quilter’s pen. The stitch will cover the outline.

How to Work Raised Close Herringbone stitch

Raised Close Herringbone Stitch step

Make a straight stitch from the base of the leaf to the middle, on the centre line, bringing the needle out slightly to the left of the tip of the leaf.

Raised Close Herringbone Stitch step 2

Slide the needle under the straight stitch, as illustrated.

Raised Close Herringbone Stitch step 3

Insert the needle back into the fabric at the tip of the leaf, to the right of where the thread emerged, so that when you pull the needle through the fabric you cross the working thread.

Raised Close Herringbone Stitch step 4

Bring your needle out on the left of the leaf tip and a little down the side of the leaf, and pass the needle under the straight bar stitch.

Raised Close Herringbone Stitch step 5

Take the needle back into the fabric a little down the side of the leaf on the right side of the leaf as illustrated, so that when you pull the needle through, the working thread is crossed.

Raised Close Herringbone Stitch step 6

Continue in this manner, working down the leaf. Widen your stitches as you work to follow the shape. As you come towards the base of the leaf, make your stitches slightly narrower to follow the leaf shape.

Raised Close Herringbone Stitch step 7

In my sample of Raised Close Herringbone Stitch, I used a hand-dyed variegated thread with an autumn tone!

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Happy stitching!

18 Comments

  1. Hello, I was searching this stitch Raised Close Herringbone Stitch” but I don’t know how is called in Italian. I wonder if there’s a chart where I can see the name in English and the name in Italian? Anyway, I also wonder if these stitches, like “Raised Close Herringbone Stitch” or “Spider web S” are modern stitches? As I have an ancient little manual of stitches in Italian, but there’s only classical stitches, I can’t find these ones..
    I wonder if there’s a book with all these photos, so well illustrated step by step by photos like in this page, and if there’s a complete magazine at colors like this? Please let me know, thank you! I’m a beginner so I’m very confused about how make stitches and embroidery!
    Thanks!

    vale a.
      1. Hello again, I’ve found there’s a stitch in Italy called ‘Punto Felce’ that looks very similar (or maybe it’s the same),anyway thank you I was able to make it. πŸ™‚

        vale a

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