Also known as : Interlaced Band

This variety is similar to that of the stepped running stitch (variety 2) and takes a braided effect. It is done over two parallel lines of ‘stepped’ back stitches. Such a foundation helps to create braid like effects.

stepped back stitch
Stepped back stitch: Lay the foundation by doing two parallel back stitches. ‘Step’ the second as illustrated.Note that by stepping the two parallel stitches, A1 falls in the mid point of A2 and B2. Similary, B2 falls in the mid point of A1 and B1.


herringbone ladder filling stitch       herringbone ladder filling stitch 2
Fig 1: Take another thread and bring it out through A2. Take it under A2-B2 and then under A1-B1, from the bottom. Make sure not to pluck the fabric underneath.   Fig 2: Continue the needle from beneath the thread, to take it under B2-C2, as shown.

herringbone ladder filling stitch 3   herringbone ladder filling stitch 4
Fig 3: Take the needle  from beneath the thread and pass it under B1-C1, from the bottom.   Fig 4: Continue this ‘twisted’ pattern to give it a final braided effect. Remember to take the needle always beneath the thread before going under the back stitches.

herringbone ladder filling stitch 5
Fig 5: The completed pattern would look like this. Note how the herringbones between the backstitches grow out and close in at the two curves.