Back Stitched Herringbone

Back Stitched Herringbone

Back Stitched Herringbone Back Stitched Herringbone is a variety of Herringbone that is actually a compostite stitch that combines Herringbone and Back stitch. I have only recently started to play with this stitch and it fast became a favorite. It is quick and easy to work which makes it a great stitch for beginners, yet it is versatile enough to be interesting for experienced stitchers. The stitch structure lends itself to many adaptions. For instance it can be laced worked in rows face to face or slightly offset. Back Stitched Herringbone holds a curve and you can vary the arms of the stitch to fill shapes and has ‘feet’ that can be beaded easily. It is a wonderful stitch to use if you want to couch down ribbon. You can use it in surface embroidery and makes a great seam embellishment stitch in crazy quilting.

Since Back Stitched Herringbone is a variety of Herringbone it makes sense that you need to be familiar with Herringbone. If you need a reminder here is a tutorial. You will also need to know Back stitch. I have a tutorial here for that stitch too! You will find it here.

How to work Back Stitched Herringbone

Work Back Stitched Herringbone from left to right along parallel lines. If you need to mark the lines make sure you use a disappearing fabric marker that will either disappear with water, or is air erasable. Back Stitched Herringbone will hide only parts of  the line you mark.

Back Stitched Herringbone step 1Commence by bringing the needle out on the top left-hand side of the line to be worked. Insert the needle a little further along line and make a small back stitch as illustrated.

Back Stitched Herringbone step 2Pull the needle through the fabric. Your stitch will look like the photo above.

Back Stitched Herringbone step 3

Take your needle to lower line and make a small stitch which points to the left, pull the thread through.

Back Stitched Herringbone step 4Make a back stitch as illustrated.

Back Stitched Herringbone step 5Insert the needle on the upper line a little to the right as illustrated, making a small stitch which points to the left. Pull the thread through.

Back Stitched Herringbone step 6Make a back stitch as illustrated.

Back Stitched Herringbone step 7Take your needle to the lower line and repeat the same up and down steps until you have finished the line.

Back Stitched Herringbone A line of Back Stitched Herringbone. I hope you enjoy this stitch!

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2 Comments

  1. I love your work!! I want to do a crazy quilt dresden plate. But, have a question on how to get started. Do I make it by attaching it piece by piece to the foundation fabric or do I make the dresden plate and then attach it to the foundation fabric?

    Linda Waldren

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