Take a Stitch Tuesday week 5: Herringbone Stitch. My kids like to refer to this stitch as the “hairy bones” stitch. It took me a few tries to get the outcome I wanted, but ended up with double layer, quadruple herringbone stitch. With the poinsettia print I wanted to add something geometric and measured, so thought this would be a good background for the latest TAST challenge. First layer was a size 5 dark red, followed by a size 8 regular red. The red was much too subtle for the print and nearly blended into the background. I had tried a light green layer with light green stems and leaves, but it definitely did not look good…. then tried to add snowflakes….worse. Yikes! Unpick, unpick. Finally settled on ecru herringbone layers with some couching of the dark red, followed with ecru lazy daisies and yellow french knots.

Herringbone stitch in DMC Cotton Perle 5 and 8. Detached chain and french knots in DMC Cotton Perle 8.

TAST Stitch 5: Herringbone Stitch