Thursday, February 2, 2012

TAST 2012 - week 5 - herringbone

Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST)week five is the herringbone stitch. This stitch is perhaps the most fundamental stitch in temari making, because you must anchor your embroidery to the threads on the surface of the temari. Usually it is stitched flush in rows to form bands of color, and is used to build up rows, shapes, or for a spiral effect; there are variations on the stitch like kiku, or ribbed.

Since this is not a new stitch for me, I decided to try something that was — a temari design that is made entirely of "individual" stitches, rather than layered in rows. I did two versions — an initial version, then a second to improve aspects of the first that I wasn't totally happy with.

In the photo above, no. 95 is on the left, and was the first. You can read about it and see more photos by clicking here. No. 96 is on the right, the "improved" version; you can read about it and see more photos by clicking here.


  1. This is such a clever craft! I've never seen temari before and you embroider them so beautifully! I hadn't thought of doing the stitch in the round - I will have to give it a try...

    I have put a link to your post in my blog post to share with my readers.

  2. Beautiful work. Done so perfectly.

  3. It's lovely. Your stitchs are perfect