This stitch family can be considered a cousin of the cross stitch family. Like the cross stitch family, the herringbone stitch consists of criss crossing two stitches. The only difference remains that they do not cross over into exact halves, but by a quarter the length. Also, the the technique differs. Yet, there might be some stitches that shares both the families.

Some technical similarities can also be seen with the cheveron stitches.

Herringbone stitches are very old and can be seen in many ethnic forms of embroidery. It is a very interesting form of stitch that can be used in many ways to create various effects. The famous ‘Kutch embroidery’ depends heavily on herringbone stitch. Some mirror work also uses this stitch. Shadow work also involves using members of the herringbone stitch family. Crazy quilting, patch work etc…can use herringbone stitch easily to add up to their effect.