Take a Stitch Tuesday Buttonhole Eyelet flower

This week we have a composite stitch that I found in A-Z of Embroidery Stitches: v. 2 . It is called Buttonhole Eyelet flower and has a base created by first working a buttonhole wheel.

Although at first glance it looks quite restrictive you can do quite a bit with it. Buttonhole wheels can also be worked in halves and quarters in various arrangements. So half and quarter flowers can be worked. You can work the wheel as an oval disk or even heart shapes! It is also easy to add more rings of ‘petals’.

This is what the finished stitch looks like.

hand embroidered buttonhole eyelet flower sample

How to work a Buttonhole Eyelet flower.

This sample was worked in perle 5 thread and I assume you know how to work a  buttonhole wheel and a bullion stitch as we have had both stitches as challenges earlier in the year.

how to hand embroider a buttonhole eyelet flower step 1Mark a small disk shape on your fabric using a dissolvable marker pen.

how to hand embroider a buttonhole eyelet flower step 2Work a buttonhole wheel. To work a buttonhole wheel you simply make buttonhole stitches in a circle, passing each vertical stitch through the same space in the centre.

how to hand embroider a buttonhole eyelet flower step 3

Bring the thread out on the edge of the circle, insert the needle into the middle of the wheel and loop the thread under the needle point. Pull the needle through the fabric to form a loop and repeat this process around the circle.

If the edge of your wheel edge flips up it is probably because you are not spacing the stitches close enough together.

how to hand embroider a buttonhole eyelet flower step 4When the wheel is complete take your thread to the back of the fabric

how to hand embroider a buttonhole eyelet flower step 5Using a dissolvable marker pen place 5 tiny spots  around the edge of the wheel as illustrated.

You will now work bullion knots around the edge of the wheel. Bring your thread out at the first spot.

how to hand embroider a buttonhole eyelet flower step 6Working in an anti clockwise direction insert your needle in the second spot and make a bullion knot. The bullion knots in the sample are 15 wraps of the needle using a perle #5 thread.

Insert the needle in the second spot. Point the needle backwards (anti-clockwise) so that the point emerges near the place that the thread comes out of the fabric

Wrap the thread round the needle 10-15 times and then pull the needle carefully through the coil.The more wraps the larger the loop that is formed.

how to hand embroider a buttonhole eyelet flower step 7

While pulling the needle through the coil, put your left thumb over the coil to hold the coil down. Pull the working thread through the coil until it starts to tighten and then stroke the under belly of the coil with your needle. This will smooth the coil and neaten the stitch.

Take the needle through the fabric at the point where it came out.

how to hand embroider a buttonhole eyelet flower step 8Work your way around the wheel until the flower motif is done. By changing the number of wraps of the bullion stitches you can make the petals more or less loopy.

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!

How to join in

Stitch a sample,  take a photograph of it, put in online in your blog, flickr site or on stitchin fingers page, swing by here and leave a comment with your full web address so people can visit and see your sample.

Any special rules?

There are no rules but I do have a request, please link back here.

Interesting work will be featured

Each week I will link to interesting samples that participants have stitched order to draw attention to how the stitch is used.

Further information

If you need further information on the challenge a list of stitches covered so far or directions on how to participate please visit the TAST FAQ page.

You can read back through TAST articles by browsing Challenges -  Take a Stitch Tuesday category

Other groups and networks

You can also share your explorations with other members on the social network site of your choice. There is a Facebook TAST 2012 page,   stitchin fingers group and the flickr TAST site. All these sub groups are set up at request of members

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31 Responses to Take a Stitch Tuesday Buttonhole Eyelet flower

  1. chitra gangadharan says:

    Hi Sharon,
    I have posted pictures of earlier worked buttonhole eyelet flowers here-

  2. Roxane says:

    I have been following these challenges for a while (visually) and would like to commit to them in 2013, either doing the ones from 2012 or joining in a 2013 challenge. I have done extensive crosstitch on aida cloth, but little else. I am eager to learn, but would like to know 1) what is the best inexpensive cloth to practice on? 2) what size needles work best? Thank you.

    • sharonb says:

      I suggest you use scrap aida and linen, and even old table cloth and tea towel linen. Buy a pack of mixed sized embroidery needles. I say this because it’s more important to put your money towards different threads try cotton perle # 8 and cotton perle 5. Put some money there and get away from the stranded cottons as they will wring the life out of surface embroidery and make your learning and exploration boring for you.

      • Roxane says:

        Thank you so much, Sharon. And thank you for all the work you put into this site and the challenges. I have always wanted to learn embroidery but do not know anyone who does it. When I ran across this site I finally felt embroidery was something I could learn!

  3. Liz Eph says:

    I’m sorry I wont be able to join in for a little while as I’m relapsing again, but I just wanted to say how much fun I’ve had. I’ll try to rest up so I can join in next year, and I’ll keep following the eye candy. Thank you for all your efforts Sharon in organising it all. xx Liz xx

  4. Carol Harper says:

    My attempt, EXTREMELY WONKY, is here: http://210920746822434353.weebly.com/1/post/2012/12/take-a-stitch-tuesday-2012-week-forty-nine.html
    Stitches like this make me feel exceptionally clumsy like I need at least one more hand and it has to be a lot smaller and more nimble than the ones I have. Just not cut out for freehand embroidery, I fear.

  5. My 48th & 49th week little job :
    I’m impatient to complete my stitches’ book.

  6. Debbie says:

    Here’s my catch up of last week’s combined with this week’s. http://debbiesfiberwork.blogspot.co.il/2012/12/tast-weeks-48-and-49.html

  7. Barbara/Hopscotch says:

    Loved this stitch and this is my last patch :)

  8. chitra gangadharan says:

    Hi Sharon,
    I started working on these flower samples today. the details-
    Thank you,

  9. Hello
    Here is my sampler for this week:
    I enjoy very much this stitch

  10. Luiz Vaz says:

    Hi Sharon & Friends. My post fo the week. Thank you all.

  11. Faith says:

    I’ve don minimal stitching on the past few stitches, but I have done all of them. Here’s my catch-up blog post. http://airynothing.net/Blogs/anblog/2012/12/07/christmas-chaos
    I’m wondering if the new year will bring me more time to read and stitch. That’s all I really want to do, but I have tons of other “finish my house” things to get done, first. And holiday stuff, too, now. Someday… Thanks, Sharon, for this challenge. It makes sure I get at least a teeny, tiny bit of stitching done each week.

  12. Claudia says:

    It is summer here where I live and I enjoyed to stitch flowers. Thank you, Sharon, for introducing this great stitch.
    Here is my attempt: http://fabricfusion.blogspot.com/2012/12/tast-week-49-buttonhole-eyelet-flower.htm
    Cheers Claudia

  13. Lucy Landry says:

    I’ve stitched my sample on the tiny canvas of fabric covered buttons this week.

  14. Bernice Odom says:

    The Buttonhole Eyelet flower stitch was a neat combination of stitches. See mine at http://timeusebybernice.wordpress.com/

  15. Anneliese says:

    My flowers – not a very good photo – sorry.
    But to show you that I am working, hahaha.

  16. I triedout this stitch and it is here at photostream.

  17. Isabelle says:

    I forgot to add my daughter work to my article, so I present it now :
    (she is ten years old)

  18. Debbie says:

    I know I am late with the last three stitches for TAST 2012 year – can the excuse I started late in the year work?? Here are my eyelet flowers: