Open Fishbone Stitch is a part of the fishbone stitch family. This is a beautiful stitch that looks very pretty while making a leaf.
What you will need?
- Any fabric.
- Embroidery hoop, 15cm (6″) (Bigger if you are working on a larger design) ( You can purchase a set of 6 hoops from Amazon for your basic needs.)
- Tapestry needle
- Embroidery thread (You can buy this pack of 36 shades of the DMC embroidery floss.)
How many strands of floss do you need for making the Open Fishbone Stitch?
You can use all 6 strands of the floss. But if you are working on a finer design, then start with 2 strands of floss and increase the number of strands according to your design. I have used 3 strands for making this stitch.
Step by Step Pictorial Process of making the Open Fishbone Stitch
1. Start by making a pattern of a leaf or 4 lines with the middle lines close to each other than the outer lines.
2. Start from the top by bringing the thread up at point A from the outer line on the right side and take it on the outer left line at point B.
3. Bring the needle at point C which is the inner line of the right side.
4. Again, take it on the outer line on the left side at point D and bring it out at the outer line on the left side at point E as shown below.
5. Now, take the stitches on the inner lines from point F to point G. Take it diagonally up and insert the needle on the outer lines. Keep working in a similar way till the end of the design. You can understand it better with the video at the end of the post.
Tips for working the Open Fishbone Stitch
- When working from the inner lines to the outer ones, they should fall diagonal and not flat.
What is this stitch used for?
- This stitch is great to work on leaves and fillings for petals.
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More stitches tutorials:
- Stem Stitch
- Chain Stitch
- Running Stitch
- French Knot
- Lazy Daisy
- Back Stitch
- Cable Chain Stitch
- Fly Stitch
- Bullion Knot
- Woven Trellis Stitch
- Long And Short Stitch
Check out the video tutorial below
So until next time,
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