Buttonhole wheel cups are something I discovered while experimenting with buttonhole wheels. I am sure I just re-invented the stitch and somewhere another person has had the same thoughts.
You will find them dotted all over the place in my textured embroidery as I reall y like working them. I have not seen them documented however, so I just call the stitch a buttonhole wheel cup.
To work them you need to know how to work a buttonhole wheel and they are combined with detached buttonhole. Both of these stitches are found in my stitch dictionary.
In this sample I have used a different coloured thread so that you can see what is happening. Normally I would continue in the same thread.
Start with working a buttonhole wheel.
Space the spokes of the wheel fairly close together but not packed.
If your wheel edge flips up it is probably because you are not spacing the stitches close enough together.
Bring your thread out on the edge of the wheel and work a detached buttonhole stitch. I changed thread colour so you can see what was happening but normally I would have the same colour thread.
Work detached buttonhole around the edge of the wheel. One row will produce a ridge.
Two rows produces a small cup and three a deeper cup and so forth.
You can stitch beads to the middle of the cup or leave it as a textured stitch.
If you want the cup to go straight up don’t add any stitches if you want it to flare a little add an extra detached buttonhole stitch every two or three stitches. To do this work two stitches into the same hole the same way you would with crochet or knot stitches.
I hope you enjoy this weeks stitch!
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