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.
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
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.
Next work a line of Herringbone stitch. When working, make sure the herringbone stitches are a little loose as lacing will tighten the stitches.
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.
Repeat this motion under, up and over, and under again-type motion along the line of Satin Stitch.
My tip is don’t pull too tight just relax and lace the threads.
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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