Take a Stitch Tuesday 94 Reversed Buttonhole Bar

The Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge this week, is a stitch called Reversed Buttonhole Bar. This stitch creates a textured braid like stitch and 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. This stitch is also known as Buttonhole with extra line.

Reversed Buttonhole Bar  is worked on a foundation row of buttonhole stitch.
To work Reversed Buttonhole Bar
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.

Reversed Buttonhole Bar 2
Pull the needle through so that the thread forms a loop around the bar

Reversed Buttonhole Bar 3
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.

Reversed Buttonhole Bar 4
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.

Reversed Buttonhole Bar 5

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 this stitch as once you get the rhythm of working you can be very creative with it.

TAST next year

Readers have asked what I will be doing for TAST next year. I plan to add stitches but not often as there are a number of changes in my life next year.

Pintangle  will remain online and I will be writing it at least a few times a week. So in terms of the blog that is still very active. The TAST stitches will remain online, so people will have access to them. I will also add  a few stitches but it will not be weekly so if people want to keep in the loop easily Subscribe to Pin Tangle by Email and have it delivered to your In Box. Follow the link to sign up.

As I announced a few weeks ago next year is the last year I plan to teach online. All my classes will run one more time in order to let folks take them. As I have explained I often feel swamped by teaching online as the classes are always fully booked. I have run them back to back, larger, smaller every which way but I am still swamped at times.  It is wonderful to be successful. Really wonderful as this success has really added much to my life but on the other hand it often prevents me from doing other things.

Towards the end of next year I hope to launch a book on Crazy quilting. This is something I have wanted to do for years but teaching online has kept me from achieving it. This change has been a huge decision in my life.

To summarise – After the Christmas break,  Pintangle will still be active but not daily. I will see how my working day pans out but at this stage I plan to add some stitches to TAST but not run any other challenges.

I have worked out the Calendar of classes for next year and this is the last time all of them will run. To find out more about the classes follow this link or the classes tab at the top of the page.

You can also  keep in the loop easily by  Subscribing to Pin Tangle. Follow the link to sign up and it will delivered to your inbox.

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15 Responses to Take a Stitch Tuesday 94 Reversed Buttonhole Bar

  1. Jayne Slovick says:

    I have admired your work and dedication to teaching ever since I stumbled onto your site many years ago. Thank you for all that you’ve taught me. I don’t comment usually, but I really appreciate all that you do. I am signed up for your class next year so will be keeping in touch.

  2. michele says:

    as usual your lesson is clear and I think we follow easily the class . I like your works . Thank you very much for your offers .
    I wish you a merry Xmas and that 2014 will give you , support , health and friendship
    best regards


  3. Annet says:

    Again, this is one of those stitches I tried ones and forgot all about it. I’ve made 2 simple rows in 2010 when I was catching up on TAST 2007 and wrote about them here:

  4. Annet says:

    I stitched crossed and plaited feather stitch on the last space that was left on my 14 count Aida sampler:
    There’s a Flickr album with my Aida sampler and all details:

  5. Angela says:

    Thanks for the instructions for this stitch Sharon. I really enjoyed learning it. You can see my first attempt at

    I definitely want to try it again!

  6. Barbara M says:

    A lovely stitch, very quick to work!
    I used 2 rows back to back to form the wreath and included fly stitch, back stitch, satin stitch, french knots and stem stitch.

  7. Hi Sharon,
    A lovely stitch to work with, started on my sampler here-

    Thank you, And a very Happy Christmas!

  8. Volkstein says:

    Tres joli et agréable merci Sharon