The herringbone stitch used in hand embroidery creates a zig-zag line of straight stitches that overlap near the tip. The herringbone stitch can be used “as is,” or it can be dressed up with a bit of embellishment:
On its own, this is what the stitch looks like:
The stitch works great in straight lines. It’s excellent for seam embellishments in crazy quilting, and works really well as a smocking stitch. In the video, I’m working on even-weave linen, but the stitch can be worked on any fabric. It’s easiest to work in straight lines, but it also takes gentle curves well. When working on curve, it helps to think out the placement of the stitches, so that they end up even all the way around the curve.
Here’s the video:
If you’re looking for other hand embroidery stitch instructions, feel free to check out my collection of embroidery stitch videos here on Needle ‘n Thread.