Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Buttonholed Herringbone Stitch

Buttonholed Herringbone Stitch is a lovely decorative stitch to produce a really pretty border with a ric-rac lace effect. As the name suggests this stitch is made up of Herringbone Stitch and Buttonhole Stitch. You will find that a lot of stitches are made up of other stitches or use stitches as a foundation. This stitch makes a bold border and looks good worked in a cotton pearl thread, which is a twisted thread with a shine that comes in different weights.

Ok, to work Buttonholed Herringbone Stitch, first work a row of Herringbone Stitches. Next using a blunt needle throughout, bring your needle up at 1 and work a buttonhole stitch over the first thread as shown below. Continue working stitches over this first arm of the herringbone stitch making sure to pack stitches close together as shown. When you get to the top of the intersection work a buttonhole stitch over the crossed end and then continue down the other side of the herringbone stitch. Repeat till all of your herringbone stitches are covered with buttonhole stitches. Its really simple but so effective!






5 comments:

  1. Would be a great stitch for a border, with some beads/pearls added in the spaces.

    Thanks :-)

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  2. Yes this would make a lovely border with beads let me know if you try it out!

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  3. This is a lovely stitch. Thank you for teaching it to us.

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  4. Your very welcome Nancy, I will be adding more stitches to build a Stitch A-Z.

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  5. Going to try this stitch as frosting on a felt cake :) Hope it comes out well! :)

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