Sunday, 19 September 2010

Fishbone Stitch

Fishbone stitch is often used as a filling stitch for leaves and petals. It can however be used as a border stitch as well. To work this stitch it is better to mark the fabric with the outline of the shape (or leaf) and with a centre line, which can be either straight or curved.

Working from the tip of the leaf shape to the bottom start by creating a small straight stitch by bringing the needle up at 1 and down at 2. Next bring the needle out at 3 on the left hand side of the straight stitch and insert back into the fabric at 4 overlapping the base of the straight stitch slightly. Bring the needle out at 5 on the right hand side of the straight stitch and insert back into the fabric at 6 to the left and overlapping the previous stitch slightly. Continue criss crossing the stitches by bringing the needle up at 7 and down at 8. You continue in this way till the whole of the shape is complete. If you get stuck there is a video of fishbone stitch on the blog too.








2 comments:

  1. really helpful and clear - thank you!

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  2. beautiful leaves! and so generous of you to share the howtos... thanks

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