Double Herringbone Stitch

Also known as: Indian Herringbone Stitch

This stitch lays a foundation for many other complicated weavings and variations of herringbone stitch. As the name suggests, it is a combination of two rows of herringbone stitches made over each other. It also forms an important part of one of the most famous of ethnic Indian embroideries called Kutch work, a possible reason why it is also called the Indian herringbone stitch.
You need to know how to do herringbone stitch before beginning this tutorial.

Herringbone Stitch: First, make a row of herringbone stitch. This will form the foundation, over which we will do the second row of herringbone stitch, slightly woven into it.
Fig 1: Bring the needle out from A, put it in through B and then take the needle back out from C, like you would for a herringbone stitch. Make sure A, B and C lies in sync with the stitch points of the previous herringbone stitch, as illustrated. Fig 2: Now, take your needle above the stitch A-B, but below the stitch of the previous herringbone row. This is an important process.
Fig 3: Continue with the similar process throughout. Fig 4: A finished row of double herringbone stitch should show up like this, as though woven into each other.
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6 Responses

  1. Stephanie United States Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Is it possible to do a triple herringbone stitch with three different colors of thread?

    I am wanting to do something like that but am not finding any tutorials or anything.

    • sarah India Internet Explorer Windows says:

      Hi Stephanie,

      I have not really tried a ‘triple herringbone stitch’, even if exists. But it could be tried. That is what creativity adn imagination is all about. Only, I don’t get an idea where you might place the third row of herringbone stitch.

      • Shahla United States J2ME/MIDP Browser Unknow Os says:

        Dear Sarah, may I tell you that tripple herringbone embriodery is done with three diff. shades of threads there is no need of third row.

  1. August 29, 2014

    […] natural color to keep the color scheme sweet, soft and feminine.  And I began to practice my double herringbone stitch. It was a little messy at first, but by the second piece of fabric, I had it down pretty good! I […]

  2. February 14, 2016

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