Take a Stitch Tuesday 2012: Week 5 – Herringbone StitchFebruary 5, 2012 at 11:59 am | Posted in Embroidery | 4 Comments
Tags: herringbone stitch, TAST 2012
The fifth week of TAST 2012 brings us Herringbone Stitch. Another one of those stitches where I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. So, as usual, I started with the obvious:
After those first two lines I didn’t want to continue with more lines, so I looked for other ideas. In search for inspiration I remembered one of my favourite Project Gutenberg Ebooks. Art in Needlework is basically an embroidery textbook, going systematically through the different kinds of stitches and their variations. One of the fun parts: the book often shows the backside of a sampler in addition to the front, giving a very good idea about how the stitches are worked even before reading the extensive description. So here’s the herringbone stitch sampler:
Two things caught my eyes here: the variations where the stitches in the back are going from side to side (E in the sampler) and the leaves in closed herringbone stitch. So I stitched I leaf, which I quite like, and a line in the side-to-side version. I thought a bit whether to include this one: is this even a variation of the same stitch? What I see as a defining point for herringbone stitch is that each stitch overlaps the previous one. While that other version for me looks more like a fishbone than the traditional one, only the second stitch overlaps the first, and the third one doesn’t overlap either. I guess I could think about that for hours without getting to a result, but at the end, it’s the result that counts, and knowing which stitch to use for what effect.