As you all know, I’ve been working on a little stitch challenge, the Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST) from Sharon B, owner of Stitchin’ Fingers and the blog PinTangle.

Week 5‘s challenge was Herringbone Stitch, which was (yet another) new one for me. I’d been intimidated by it for some time — come to find out, needlessly so. Herringbone is surprisingly easy to do!

First attempt!

I found that layering a few herringbones side-by-side in closely-related (but still different!) colors made for a nice effect. The layering made for a physical and aesthetic depth that I like very much, and will probably replicate.

The other thing I found interesting about this stitch is how little thread is wasted. Here’s what I mean — with your basic backstitch, for instance, just about as much thread winds up on the backside of your fabric as on the front! But herringbone takes place almost exclusively on the front side, with only itty-bitty stitches to anchor that thread to the fabric:

Notice the difference between the amount of thread from backstitch (the letters, above) and herringbone (those nice, neat little stitches below)!

Since this post was so late (a full week!), you’ll be getting to see two new Stitch Challenge posts in rapid succession (Week 6’s challenge is already up, so I’ll blog about that in another day or two)!

For now, just look at how my stitch repertoire has grown in the past 5 weeks:

First five weeks...time to move the hoop!

Thanks for following along, and stay tuned for Week 6, coming soon!