Today, we’re featuring embellished stitching as a variation of the basic herringbone stitch that we had written about last month

The herringbone pattern offers many opportunities for embellished stitching.

The base fabric for this stitch is polyester in a lavender shade. The bottom is pale peach silk.

Once again I always start my seam treatments by tracing the stitch. I opted to use Kathy Shaw’s templates offered in her Stunning Stitches For Crazy Quilts book. Make sure you add this book to your personal needlework library!

How Did We Incorporated Embellished Stitching With This Herringbone Seam Treatment

The herringbone foundation was stitched using several strands of silk floss. Once the foundation was completed two straight stitches were added to the top creating a V using Kreinik size 8 braid – any metallic will work. An oval pearl bead was added between the V and sequin flowers were added to fill in the space attached with a bead. Three beads were added to the bottom.

So, while this seam treatment may appear complex it was really quite simple. I hope this inspires you to experiment with your seam treatments.

Mary at Needle ‘N Thread offers a great video for herringbone stitch.

If you are new to my seam treatment series and want to learn more, check out categories – crazy quilting – seam treatments. While I developed this series for crazy quilting, remember the stitches would be modified for use in wool applique. Don’t forget to experiment!

Next month I’ll be featuring an even more embellished version of the herringbone stitch.

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