Doubling up on your original herringbone stitch results in extra work but extra joy from a beautiful variation of a simple stitch. Once you have learned single herringbone it is easy to transfer it into the technique of double herringbone stitch.
How to do Double Herringbone Stitch
Step One: Follow the directions for single herringbone along the border or area you plan to use the stitch and complete the first row of herringbone stitch.
Make your stitches a little wider than you normally would to allow for the second color to be added.
When learning, it is easiest to mark two parallel lines to work between.
Full Herringbone Stitch Tutorial
- Bring the needle to the top of the fabric at (1) which is on the far right of the top line.
- Cross on the diagonal and put the needle in at (2) on the bottom line.
- Exit the needle at point (3) which is to the right of point (2)
- Cross on on the diagonal and put the needle in at (4) on the top line.
- Exit the needle at point (5) which is to the right of point (4)
Step two: Change your thread to another color which is a contrast or a shade of the original color.
Start to stitch another row of herringbone just next to the first using the same technique as above.
Follow the original stitching, but pass your thread either over or under the original threads. When you are beginning it is easiest to stitch on top of the original row.
Keep stitching into the fabric at the top and bottom of the row of stitches.
A beautiful double row of herringbone stitch will then look twice as nice on your embroidery.