A herringbone ladder stitch is a hand embroidery stitch made combining the foundation stitch (backstitch stitch) and threading.

After you embroider two parallel lines of the backstitch, loop the thread through the backstitches without entering the fabric or crossing the backstitch. This threading, made in precise order, creates a decorative stitch that is perfect for decorative borders. 

You can embroider the herringbone ladder stitch in a single color and create a single color design or choose two contrasting colors to create exciting patterns.

The distance between two parallel lines of the backstitches and the stitches' size will define how dense the stitch will be. Play with colors and sizes and see what beautiful color combinations you can create with this simple stitch!

Watch this Herringbone ladder stitch video tutorial and learn how to embroider this simple stitch.

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