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Herringbone Stitch is a stitch I remember from my childhood.
My Nan used herringbone stitch to hem the woollen pinafore Mum made me. I tried it on and it was too long. I still remember the look of dismay on Mum’s face and her sigh when she saw Nan’s beautiful, perfect stitches. I don’t remember if I wore the pinafore way past my knees or if Mum unpicked the stitches and rehemmed it or perhaps Nan did.
When I can I like to include herringbone stitch in a project in memory of those beautiful stitches!
Mark the line for the herringbone stitch, 1¾ inches from the side.
Centre the herringbone stitch over the line.
Mark the line for the back stitch, 1¾ inches from the side.
Work Laced Back stitch. Stitch a row of back stitch. Choose a second colour and weave it through the stitches.
On the grey fabric I used two different shades of grey/blue and pulled the weave tighter. On the cream linen, I used two different colours and didn’t pull the weave so tight.
Play around and see which one you prefer.
I’ve used this technique for flower stems, when I needed the stem to be more solid than just back stitch.
The additional Step 7a.
I added a row of running stitch on the grey fabric as I felt the space between the cross stitch and back stitch with weave needed a filler.
I’m not sure I will need it on the cream linen because the cross stitches are bigger and the looser weave has filled the space.