The double herringbone stitch creates a band of interwoven herringbone stitches. Now, this is an easy stitch for creating a decorative band of embroidery, but it’s not quite as straightforward as it seems, so if you want to get that interlocking, woven look to your band of double herringbone stitches, read the tips below and watch the video for clarification. It’s definitely worth getting the stitch right, because it’s a really nice looking stitch!
If you look at the photo above, you can see that the band of double herringbone stitch is completely interwoven. There’s no one thread that passes over two threads – the thread movement is always “over-under-over-under” if you look at the individual stitches and how they lock together.
Unfortunately, in several more recently published stitch dictionaries, there’s a little discrepancy in the way this stitch is created. The resulting band of double herringbone made according to these recently published books is not completely interwoven. Double herringbone is supposed to create a completely interwoven line. You’ll see how to work it in the video below to achieve that interwoven line.
Stitch Play Printable Available
If you’d like printable instructions on how to work the double herringbone stitch, you can find them in my Stitch Play Printable on Interlaced Herringbone. This Printable (which is delivered as an auto-download PDF) includes not only how to work the double herringbone (in step-by-step photos, accompanied by diagrams and thorough instructions), but also all the information you’ll need on how to work the double herringbone (and the interlaced double herringbone) around corners, in circles, and so forth. It’s a thorough tutorial booklet, covering everything you need to know from starting and ending threads to finishing a beautiful band of stitching.
Here’s the video. Have fun with it!
If you’d like to learn other embroidery stitches, you’re welcome to check out my collection of hand embroidery videos here on Needle ‘n Thread!