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Raised Fishbone Stitch Video Tutorial


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If you’re ever stuck wondering just what stitch to use to fill a leaf and you start browsing through a stitch dictionary for a little help, you’ll find out that there’s a regular glut of filling stitches that work well for leaves. But there are two stitches in particular that I think make really nice leaves: the fishbone stitch and the raised fishbone stitch. If you have trouble creating a nice looking satin stitched leaf, never fear! The fishbone stitch and the raised fishbone stitch will come to your rescue. They both create a satin-stitch-like filling, but because the stitches overlap in the center of the leaf, you get a nice, subtle spine right down the middle of the stitch.

Today, I’ll show you how to create a raised fishbone stitch leaf.

Raised Fishbone Stitch Leaf

Incidentally, the different between the fishbone stitch and the raised fishbone stitch is more than just the fact that the raised version sits higher on the fabric. It’s also created a little differently – it is stitched practically backwards, when compared to the movement of the regular fishbone stitch.

But you can see in the photo above that the raised fishbone stitch creates a nice, plump leaf that’s quite pretty!

I hope you enjoy the video! I think I sound a bit weird in it, but not weird enough to record it over again…

If you’re looking for other embroidery stitches, please feel free to check out the rest of my embroidery how-to videos!

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  1. Great video – you’re right, that’s definitely not your usual voice(!), but it’s all perfectly audible so definitely not worth re-recording.

  2. Sounded just fine to me Mary. I love this stitch and use it often. Your video is nice and clear. Thanks.

  3. Perfect timing! I have a crewel project that has several leaves. I look forward to trying this technique. I’ll be working on it on the long ride home from Maine to Florida so I’ll have plenty of time to perfect it!
    Thank you!! Kim

  4. It was mostly my Hungarian grandmother that got me embroidering early on. One of the pieces in her workbasket was a beautiful Christmas table runner loaded with poinsettias. This was the stitch she used for both the leaves and flowers (as my 4-yr.-old brain saw it) — so I always called this the “poinsettia stitch” and have used to SO much through the years (which are considerable!). I changed the name (when describing to it others) to “self-padded leaf stitch.” Now I know what it is!!! Raised Fishbone! (By the way, I use it for my little whitework leaves with floche and/or coton broder.)

  5. i am very happy for this site as i am able to learn lot of stitches to embroider neatly.the videos are very good & easy to understand how to do the stitch.very much thankful to you.

  6. hola Mary ,,quiero darte las gracias por tus valiosos aportes,,,aqui es muy dificil adquirir,,un libro ese llamado de la A-Z
    pero en tus documentos encuentro muchos detalles.importantes
    infinitas gracias
    lidia ,,,

    1. Hey Mary, me again….probably obvious that you do not understand these other languages…so I know spanish and decided to translate for you 🙂 Lidia says;

      Hi Mary,
      I want to thank you for your valuable
      contributions here…It is very difficult to to buy a book called, A-Z Embroidery Stitches, but I find your documents have many important details.
      Infinite Thanks!
      Hope it helped! 🙂
      ~~~Natalie McClintock

  7. Hi Mary:

    I have stumbled around trying to make my Ghiordes (sp??) knots fluffier (Ah-Ha! Six strands of DMC!!),as well as making the actual knots. I didn’t know it was also called Turkey Work.

    Thank you for making a video for it!

    Carolyn in SoCal.

  8. Hi Mary, Thanks for the video. I have done the flat version of this stitch before, but it will be great to add some height in my future projects.

  9. Hi Mary,

    I found your website this week and I´ve done almoust all these tutorials. You´re a born teacher. I don´t understand everything what you say or write, but I watch videos. Thank you very much!!

    You have done very beautiful and stunning embroidery projects. Really, they are so amazing.

  10. muy buenas clases de bordado, gracias son excelentes los videos, realmente estoy aprendiendo mucho, Thank you

  11. A big thank you Marie for taking the time to make this video for this item. It seems so easy and so clear with you. A pleasure to follow you.

  12. Wonderful! Thank you! Your voice didn’t sound weird to me, just a bit muffled.
    Thanks again! Will come back for your other offerings.

  13. Os bordados são muito lindos. Sou uma apaixonada por bordados e gostaria de receber as novidades de Mary Corbet. Parabéns!!!

  14. Hi Mary, I have been watching your videos since about, 2011. I love them! 🙂 You explain and show how to embroider different things so nicely! 🙂 I do have a question though… I went to sew this and I couldn’t get it to ‘go right.’ Like, it tangles and ends up being flat and each one of the leaf stitches are all spaced apart….Help??

    Thank you! 🙂 ~~Natalie from Tampa, Florida

    1. Hi, Natalia – Perhaps your thread is twisting up as you stitch? If so, drop your needle towards the floor now and then and just let the thread hang until it untwists itself. Another problem could be that you’re pulling each stitch too tightly. Just put enough tension on it to let the stitch rest on the fabric nicely.

  15. I quilt, embroidery, and other handwork. Your tutorial’s are amazing. I have learned so much and it is so clear the way you filmed each video. Thank you for your site.

  16. Hello

    will Mary’s Tutorial stitch. videos be staying on this website?

    Loved her work so much

    1. Hello, Denise – I’m glad you like my stitch tutorials! They’re definitely staying on my website – I don’t have plans to put them anywhere or delete them. I do have plans to expand the tutorials a bit across various platforms, but I’ll talk about that on the blog when we get to that point.

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