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Stepped fishbone stitch

‚ÄčA slightly raised band stitch, stepped fishbone is ideal for filling an area with a clear diagonal line.

Stepped fishbone stitch is generously sponsored by Elizabeth Hewitt

Method

1

Begin with a vertical straight stitch over four threads of the canvas.

2

Cross this stitch at the bottom with a horizontal stitch across two threads of the canvas.

3

Start the next long vertical stitch one thread up and across to the right from the first.

4

Again cross it, with a horizontal stitch across two threads of the canvas.

5

When enough Vertical stitches have been worked, begin a horizontal row. For the horizontal row below the first vertical row, make a horizontal stitch across four threads of the canvas, ending it at the bottom point of the last vertical stitch.

Stepped fishbone stitch method stage 6 illustration
Stepped fishbone stitch method stage 6 photograph
6

Cross this stitch to the right-hand side of the horizontal stitch.

7

Working down and across one canvas thread to the left at a time, work a row of horizontal stitches.

Stepped fishbone stitch method stage 8 photograph
8

Continue alternating between vertical and horizontal rows.

Structure of stitch

Common uses

Embroidery Techniques

Identifying Stepped fishbone stitch

‚ÄčThis stitch is made up of alternate rows of the same crossed stitch turned horizontally and vertically.

The length of the long stitch can vary from row to row.

References

  • Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.107