Hand Sewing How To: Herringbone Stitch

Add detail to your next sewing project with one of the beautiful variations of the Herringbone stitch.

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by Abraham Rowe and Rinne Allen
Displayed in order from left to right is the Double Herringbone, the Woven Double Herringbone, the Whipped Herringbone, the Laced Herringbone, the Threaded Herringbone, the Looped and Threaded Herringbone, and the Knotted Herringbone.

Double Herringbone

The Double Herringbone is worked as a single row of Herringbone Stitch and then filled in between the first row of stitches with a second pass.

illustration of a double herringbone stitch with a needle and thread

Woven Double Herringbone

The Woven Double Herringbone is created by weaving the second pass under one leg of your first row of stitches and over the second leg, alternating over and under as you sew.

illustration of a woven double herringbone stitch with a needle and thread

Whipped Herringbone

The Whipped Herringbone (also known as Tied Herringbone) uses a small Parallel Whipstitch to tie each of the crossed stitches together and secure them to the fabric. Parallel Whipstitch is often worked in a second pass.

illustration of a whipped herringbone stitch with a needle and thread

Laced Herringbone

The Laced Herringbone is created with a second thread that passes behind each of the crossed threads. It can be added to single or multiple rows of Herringbone Stitch.

illustration of a laced herringbone stitch with a needle and thread

Threaded Herringbone

The Threaded Herringbone, in its most simple version, is created when a thread or yarn is threaded under and over each of the crosses in a row of stitches.

illustration of a threaded herringbone stitch with a needle and thread

Looped And Threaded Herringbone

The Looped And Threaded Herringbone is created by threading and looping around each of the crosses in a row of stitches.

illustration of a looped and threaded herringbone stitch with a needle and thread

Knotted Herringbone

In Knotted Herringbone, the crossed stitches are knotted together — not stitched through the fabric — using a looped stitch method like Coral Stitch. This stitch is often worked in two colors to highlight the added detail.

illustration of a knotted herringbone stitch with a needle and thread


Reprinted with permission from The Geometry of Hand-Sewing by Natalie Chanin ND and published by Abrams, 2017.

  • Updated on Jun 22, 2022
  • Originally Published on Aug 8, 2018
Tagged with: herringbone, knotted, sewing, stitch, woven