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Interlaced herringbone stitch

  • German interlacing stitch
  • Laced herringbone stitch
  • Woven herringbone stitch
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This version of herringbone stitch is probably the most intricate: the second thread is woven twice around each upper herringbone intersection and one and a half circles around each lower herringbone intersection, always interlacing under and over the foundation stitches and the working thread itself, forming a decorative wreath.

See also laced herringbone stitch (which this stitch is also known as) for an alternative embellished herringbone stitch.

For more background, see the entry for herringbone stitch.

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Method

A foundation row of herringbone stitch can be worked from left to right in the usual way and then turn the work upside-down if preferred. If you don’t want to turn the work upside-down, use the methods mentioned below.

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Work a foundation row of herringbone stitch from right to left. Alternatively, work from left to right, making sure you slide the needle under the previous stitch where the threads cross so that the working thread is beneath the previous part of the stitch. (This affects how the interlacing will sit.)

2

Bring up a new thread at the start of the first herringbone stitch.

3

Encircle the upper crossed part of the foundation herringbone stitch by passing the needle under, over, and under the crossed area.

4

Go over the foundation herringbone stitch and under the working thread.

5

Again, encircle the upper crossed area by passing the needle over and under the foundation herringbone stitch.

6

Go over and under the foundation stitch and over the working thread. This makes two complete circles round the upper intersection.

7

Go down to the lower intersection. Pass the needle under, over, and under the foundation stitch.

8

Go over the foundation stitch and under the working thread.

9

Pass the needle over and under the foundation stitch second time. This makes one and a half circles round the lower intersection.

10

Continue interlacing under and over the foundation stitches and the working thread.

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A sample of interlacing herringbone stitch

Interlaced herringbone stitch

Embroidery Techniques

References

  • Mrs Archibald Christie, Samplers and Stitches (1921) , p.79–80
  • Mary Thomas, Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.120