This week we have a stitch called Knotted Buttonhole stitch which I found in Marion Nichols in her book Encyclopedia of Embroidery Stitches. There are a number of different varieties of buttonhole that is knotted one being a top knotted variety which is a combination of pistil and buttonhole stitch. But that is not what we are looking at this week. This variety is knotted at the base of the buttonhole.
Once you get into a rhythm this stitch is simple and quick to work and produces some great twiggy like stitches that look great as foliage in flower sprays.
Also since this stitch is a member of the buttonhole family you can work it easily on a curve, in a circle or create great variety by changing the upright lengths.
How to work knotted Buttonhole Stitch
This stitch is worked from left to right over two imaginary lines.
Bring the thread out on the lower line, insert the needle in position in the upper line making a straight downward motion and then loop the thread under the needle point as you would buttonhole stitch.
Pull the needle through to make a loop. Pull until snug but not too tight.
It is an interesting stitch that you can work in a variety of traditional ways or can be layered to create heavy texture. This sample is worked in a variety of threads such as silk, cotton, wool, chenille and ribbon.
Once again the challenge is:
For new hands to learn the stitch
If you are an experienced stitcher take the stitch and push it a little further in a creative manner or combine this stitch with one of the stitches already covered in TAST 2012. If you have worked a sample in a previous challenge feel free to post a link in comments as it will inspire people but if you have time do try another sample and do something different and new!
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