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Embroider Leaves with the Fishbone Stitch

The fishbone stitch is a great stitch to embroider leaves.  The stitches alternate coming from the left and right just like a fishbone, and that’s where this stitch got its name.  It’s my favorite way to stitch leaves, and one that every embroidery artist should learn.

Learn how to Embroider Leaves with the Fishbone Stitch

The fishbone stitch will definitely take some practice before you get it right.  The great thing about embroidery is that you can always take out your stitches!  Bring needle up at 1 and down at 2 on center line of leaf. Bring needle up at 3. Bring needle down at 4, on center line, further down the line than 2. 

Embroider Leaves with the Fishbone Stitch

Follow my video tutorial below or head over to my YouTube channel to see how to work the fishbone stitch to embroider leaves.  If you are using an ad blocker, you may need to disable it to see the video.


Learn all of these other embroidery stitches by making this stitch guide sampler with me. It’s a great way to practice and a nice reference to have while you are reading other embroidery patterns.

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To watch all of the videos in this series, including some basic embroidery tips, go to my YouTube channel here. I’ll walk you through the entire process and make it super easy for you.

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Loretta Craford

Monday 15th of January 2024

Many years I used to embroider and now plan on doing it again. I waanþ to do Jacobean flowers for in wool floss to start ŵith.

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Monday 5th of February 2024

Oh, that will be so pretty!


Thursday 30th of September 2021

Thank you so much Jessica for being so generous and sharing your beautiful patterns your a blessing..Im just beginning this one, just taking my time learning the stitches!


Sunday 29th of November 2020

How many strings do I need for a sayin stitch ?

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Monday 7th of December 2020

I think it looks best with 3 strands.


Sunday 28th of April 2019

How many strands of floss do you like to use spider woven flowers and Fishbone leaves ? Love your on-line site ❤️

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Sunday 28th of April 2019

It depends on the size of the shape. I like to use 6 strands for the flowers unless they are REALLY small (like pea size), then I use 3. That gives the flower a nice texture. I switch off between using 6 or 3 strands for fishbone leaves. I'd say if it's like bigger than a nickel I use 6. You could go either way with those though.

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