Monday, December 7, 2009

Week 42 - Deerfield Herringbone Stitch

A - Z of Embroidery Stitches 2 refers to this herringbone variation as the Deerfield Herringbone Stitch so I'll go with that name. Not difficult - just something a bit different again. Stacked rows of this stitch make a wonderful filling stitch as well. It is pretty simple and I'm including a series of photos to show how it is done.
First you work a row of herringbone stitch as usual:

Once you have your row of herringbone stitch completed as shown above, you stitch the small tacking stitches over the junctions.

Your work will be neater if you go all across the row working the top tacking stitches,

and then work your way back across the row adding the small tacking stitches to the junctions at the bottom.

And then you have the completed row of Deerfield Herringbone Stitch. Sorry I forgot to take the tiger tape off before I took the last photo but you get the idea.
So, this is the stitch for this week. I hope you enjoy it - have fun!


gocrazywithme said...

This is a pretty stitch and I've done it before not knowing it's called the Deerfield stitch. I wonder if it's named for Dean Deerfield?

Amy Munson said...

I may have to try this one in beads. Great stitch.

Susan said...

I am sure you have probably referred to this ? before...but is there a particular reason you use 2 rows of tiger tape at the top and 2 at the bottom? Just curious and always need some extra pointers!