Fishbone Stitch

Schematic drawing of the fishbone stitch Schematic drawing of the fishbone stitch

The fishbone stitch is often used to create and fill a leaf design or comparable shape. In order to work the motif, first a line of tiny dots is drawn down its middle. Then the thread is taken in and out of the ground material in such a way that a stitch is created that resembles a fishbone, and when made in a series creating the desired (leaf) design.

The thread is brought up at (A), moves about 0.5 cm and passes through the ground cloth at (B). It is brought up again at (C); it then enters the cloth at (D) and comes out again at (E). The thread is then taken to (F) where it again enters the cloth.

This stitch is very similar to the open fishbone stitch.

Compare the fir or leaf stitch.

Source: THOMAS, Mary (1934). Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, London: Hodder and Stoughton, pp. 97-98.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 18 September 2016).


Last modified on Sunday, 22 January 2017 20:18