TAST 2010 Week 20 Buttonhole wheel cup

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.

step by step illustration buttonhole cupYou 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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Work an example of the stitch. Experiment a bit, photograph it, and put it on your flickr site or write about it on your blog.

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22 Responses to TAST 2010 Week 20 Buttonhole wheel cup

  1. Kate says:

    I’m just starting to stich again after a long hiatus and tried out the buttonhole wheel cup. This is a very nice stitch that I will probably use often.


  2. umasrinivasan says:

    I had given a trial of this stitch and upload it in the Flickr group and stitchinfingers,Uma

  3. Cindy B says:

    I finally posted my stitch on the Flickr site. I really enjoyed using your threads, Sharon.

  4. Nancilyn Kroushl says:

    My stitching is more buttonhole wheels with edgings. I was working on a larger scale that didn’t seem to lend itself well to delicate cups. It’s all blogged .

    My apologies to the TAST’ers. My life has been very hectic the past several weeks and I have not had the time to view and comment on everyone’s work. I have to take a quick trip, but I’ll catch up finally, hopefully, when I get back.

  5. Sandy Jandik says:

    I’m back in town and did the stitch. It’s posted on my blog http://focus-on-fiber.blogspot.com It certainly has nice texture possibilities.

  6. VEENA says:

    This stitch is easy and interesting. I have incorporated this and buttonhole eyelet flower in my daughters dress and posted it my blog

  7. brigitte68 says:

    i like also this stitch and am early this time
    i posted it on Flickr

  8. viji says:

    This stitch seems to be very easy and interesting. I had given a trial and posted it in my blog and flicker site

  9. Eva says:

    I find it interesting that you’re making "buttonhole wheels". It looks to me a lot like you’re making eyelets. 😉

  10. Maureen Bond says:

    I have added my Weeks 19 and 20 to Flickr and Blog at


    I always enjoy the Up and Down Feather stitch and hope to try some more of the Buttonhole Wheel Cup for flowers in CQ work.

  11. Raphaela says:

    I have stitched only a few cups but I think this is one of those stitches which you can vary every time you work it. Thank you so much, Sharon, for inventing this stitch. Here my example: http://textileexplorations.blogspot.com/2010/07/tast2-buttonhole-wheel-cup.html

  12. Annet says:

    I had a lot of fun with this addictive stitch. There’s a slideshow on my blog:
    and a large picture of my sampler on Flickr:

  13. Sue McB says:

    i posted some photos of this too – on my blog and on Flickr. I have been wanting to find something that would be good to protray lichen, and I think this one is the best so far. I did it in various soft greens with a brown buttonhole wheel, and with a bit more fiddling it would work well.


  14. Nancy Larsen says:

    Thank you, thank you! I’ve been trying to figure out this stitch for ages. I needed the illustrations to really get it. I’ll look forward to playing with it. (After the grandchildren have left.)


  15. deepa says:

    Hi Sharon,
    I’ve done this for your last TAST as part of the buttonhole/blanket stitch sampler. The photos are a bit blurred but here’s the link http://deepashome.blogspot.com/2007/03/buttonholeblanket-stitch-tast-211.html


  16. Rachel says:

    I think I have seen reference to this in a book called "Australian Flowers in Stumpwork", or something like that. Fascinating textural variety!

  17. Hi Sharon, I like this stitch, and am early for a change. My efforts are on my blog at

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