Reversed Buttonhole Bar creates a textured braid like stitch that is great to use as a textured border or edging. You can use it as a linear stitch too making it a very versatile stitch to add to the stitches you use. This stitch is also known as Buttonhole with extra line.
Reversed Buttonhole Bar is worked on a foundation row of buttonhole stitch.
How to work Reversed Buttonhole Bar
Commence this stitch by creating a foundation row of buttonhole stitches spaced evenly apart. In the sample I have illustrated these with the aqua thread.
Turn your work so that the base of the buttonhole is at the top.
Work from right to left. Bring your needle out on the right of the first buttonhole ladder.
Tuck the needle under the bar, then wrap the thread under the needle like you would in buttonhole.
Pull the needle through so that the thread forms a loop around the bar
Note : You are not stitching through the fabric. You are just looping the thread around the bar.
I have changed the colour of my threads so that you can see clearly how the stitch is worked.
Move to the next bar and create the second loop the same way as you did the first. Continue along the band until you have reached the end.
Variations on Reversed Buttonhole Bar
All the written references to this stitch I have leave the stitch at that. However, you can increase the number of lines to produce a thick braid like stitch.
This stitch is also very effective worked in a circle. Two varieties are illustrated here. The first has the foundation buttonhole arms pointing outwards and the second points inwards.
Since the foundation of this stitch is buttonhole it will follow a curve well and you can vary the direction and height of the buttonhole arms to create even more interesting effects. This is where all those experiments with buttonhole come in handy.
This stitch looks particularly good in a thread that has a firm twist like perle 5 but the top looping stitches can be done in fine ribbons and textured threads. You can also add beads too!
I hope you enjoy experimenting with Reversed Buttonhole Bar stitch as once you get the rhythm of working you can be very creative with it.