Raised Herringbone Band

Raised Herringbone Band

raised herringbone band sample

The Raised Herringbone Band is one of those stitches you look at in a stitch dictionary but don’t get around to trying. And then when you do, you wonder why it took so long to explore! Raised Herringbone Band is 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 around a gentle curve.  It is a very effective border and quite complete in itself.

raised herringbone band sample

It is interesting to work this stitch in different threads. I did a sample with a foundation of gold thread, which looked great, but it was impossible to photograph!

How to work Raised Herringbone Band

This sample has the foundation row worked in perle 8. I worked the herringbone using 6 threads of stranded cotton floss and it is laced with a chenille thread

raised herringbone band 1

First, 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 2

Next 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 3

Lace 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 a downward direction.

raised herringbone band 4

Repeat this motion under, up and over, and under again-type motion along the line of Satin Stitch.

raised herringbone band 5

My tip is don’t 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.

Follow Pintangle and have it delivered to your inbox
You can have Pintangle delivered to your inbox by using the ‘follow’ feature in the sidebar. Just enter your email address, and when you get the confirmation email make sure you say yes and you are all set!
If you are on a mobile or tablet just scroll to the bottom to find the ‘follow’ feature.

Have you seen my Stitchers Templates?


Create your own designs with Sharon’s easy-to-use stitchers templates. Combine shapes to create hundreds of patterns and designs to embroider. It is the ultimate mix-and-match fun for stitchers of all skill levels. I created them to be as versatile as possible. I include four multi-patterned templates in each set. You will find them easy to use, totally clear to help you position them on your work, and they are nice and compact to fit in your sewing box. Each set comes with an e-book filled with patterns and designs that you can create and use as a jumping-off spot for your own designs. They are available now in our shop here!

Happy stitching!


  1. Both my cameras have broken down, so I’m not able to post. However, I still follow as much of these wonderful projects as I can. But, I have to say that, although I appreciate the creativity of individual sites, I find those who have “Stitchin Finger” sites much easier to follow and respond to. Only 1 longon, 1 password, no verification. So, although I look at and admire everyone’s work, I may only comment to those posting to their accounts on “Stitchen Finger.” Good stitching to all! Laurel

  2. I sure hope they found the thief and your property. I know how you feel as my purse/handbag was stolen when we lived in London and it had ALL my ID in it, on a holiday week, when the Embassy was closed and their computer system wasn’t working. That stolen passport still haunts me 30 years later when I have to go through customs/immigration here in the US.

    Here is my stab at Raised Herringbone: http://210920746822434353.weebly.com/index.html

  3. So sorry to hear your bag was stolen. I remember the awful sinking feeling I had when my wallet was stolen. Such a hassle to stop all the credit cards and get them re-issued. I lost a lot of identification items, too. I hope at least some of the items are found and returned to you.

  4. So sorry to read about your robbery. It can be such a bind when this kind of things happens. I hope that you get it sorted out quickly. Take care and my thoughts are with you.

  5. sorry to hear about your bag Sharon, credit cards can be replaced but I am sure you had personal things in there too which mean so much to you.I suppose there is not much chance of it being found but maybe you will be lucky, the valuables would have gone but other things could come back to you.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: