How to Hand Embroider Buttonholed Herringbone stitch

Buttonholed Herringbone is a composite stitch which I often get asked about. As the name suggests it  consists of a foundation of herringbone stitch which is then buttonholed.

Buttonholed Herringbone 1

First work a line of herringbone in fairly solid thread such as perle 5. If you need a refresher on how to work herringbone follow the link to see a tutorial.  You will also find buttonhole  as well.

Buttonholed Herringbone 2

Use a blunt ended needle for the second thread so that you do not split the foundation herringbone stitches.

Bring your needle out at the base of the row of herringbone then work buttonhole stitch using the herringbone stitches as the foundation.

Note you are not passing your needle through the fabric.

Buttonholed Herringbone 3

Work buttonhole stitches along the bar until they are snug.

Buttonholed Herringbone 4

When you reach the top of the bar pass the needle under the cross of the herringbone stitch and work a single buttonhole stitch.

Buttonholed Herringbone 5

Then continue on the downward bar once again working enough buttonhole stitches until they are snug.

Buttonholed Herringbone 6

When you reach the bottom of the bar pass the needle under the cross of the herringbone stitch and work a single buttonhole stitch.

Continue in this manner until the foundation stitches of herringbone are covered in buttonhole.

Buttonholed Herringbone 6

 




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