How to work Crossed Buttonhole Stitch

crossed buttonhole stitch sample

Crossed buttonhole stitch is an interesting variety of buttonhole. You can create patterns and interesting borders with this stitch.

How to embroider Crossed Buttonhole Stitch

You need to know basic buttonhole to work this stitch, as it consists of pairs of angled buttonhole stitches which are crossed.

step by step tutorial on crossed buttonhole 1

Work between two imaginary lines. Bring the thread out on the lower line and insert at an angle with the tip of the needle pointing left. Loop the working thread under the needle point.

step by step tutorial on crossed buttonhole 2Pull the needle through the fabric to form the first stitch.

step by step tutorial on crossed buttonhole 3Insert the needle to the left of the first stitch, at an angle with the tip of the needle pointing right. Loop the working thread under the needle point and pull the needle through the fabric to cross the last stitch.

step by step tutorial on crossed buttonhole 4Repeat this process along the line.

step by step tutorial on crossed buttonhole5I have to admit that when you first look at this stitch it looks a little mundane but there really is many create ways  you can work with it.

Crossed buttonhole stitch sample 1You can stack it, work the stitch in a square and overlay it.In the sample below I have worked the units of crossed buttonhole in a square pattern and added beads to the middle. The thread is an overdyed cotton perle #5.

Crossed buttonhole stitch sample 3You can also create variations by changing the spacing of the stitch or lengthening the height of the arms on the stitch

Crossed buttonhole stitch sample 2It is also interesting to use this stitch to couch on textured threads. In the sample below I have used it to couch down eyelash thread. I also added beads to create an interesting edge. This decoration could also be used in crazy quilting.

Crossed buttonhole stitch sample 4There are also numerous possibilities if you work it diagonally or extend one of the arms too!

sample of stitch

Worked evenly and row upon row a patterns are easily achieved. It is a stitch that is worth playing about with as experimentation will lead to some fun and interesting results.

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How to work Wheatear stitch

Wheatear stitch sample1

Wheatear stitch is an versatile easy stitch that is often used to depict wild grasses and wheat as in the sample above. In this sample various forms of wheatear are used. Wheatear consists of two straight stitches that are worked diagonally in a V like shape before a chain stitch laces together the stitches at the base.

This is a versatile stitch that will follow a curve well or can be worked in single units and arranged n patterns. Since the structure of the stitch is simple being a form of lacing between two stitches the wear and tear on the thread you use is at a minimum this means once you know and understand how the stitch is worked you can easily experiment with a large variety of threads.

How to work Wheatear Stitch

Step by step how to work Wheatear stitch 1The stitch is worked in a downward motion. Commence with a straight stitch worked at an angle.

Step by step how to work Wheatear stitch 2Make a second straight stitch also worked at an angle. Make sure the base of the stitch meets the base of first stitch. Bring your thread out a little below the base of the V.

Step by step how to work Wheatear stitch 3Pass your needle from right to left under the two straight stitches.

Step by step how to work Wheatear stitch 4Pull your needle through and take it to the back of the fabric so that the thread loops in a single chain.

Step by step how to work Wheatear stitch 5At this stage this unit is a single detached wheatear stitch and you can arrange these units in patterns. See the sample below.

Step by step how to work Wheatear stitch 6Add another diagonal stitch.

Step by step how to work Wheatear stitch 7Add a second diagonal stitch and bring your thread out further down the line.

Step by step how to work Wheatear stitch 8Pass your needle under the two diagonal stitches to make the chain like loop and continue in this manner down the line.

Step by step how to work Wheatear stitch 9

Wheatear  is a versatile stitch as the length of the diagonal straight stitches can be varied, it lends itself to beading and many types of embroidery thread can be used. You can also work with single units of the stitch and arrange them in patterns.

Wheatear stitch sample 4Wheatear also lends itself to hand dyed and variegated threads. In this sample I used 1 ply of Caron Watercolour thread on Aida.

Wheatear stitch sample 2In this sample I  stacked row upon row and worked to create a pattern. I worked rows in both directions and lined them up so they slightly overlap. This method covers enough of the foundation fabric for it to be used on canvas as a needlepoint stitch.

Wheatear stitch  can easily be laced or threaded and you can use the rows the couch down thread. Some very interesting effects can be built up this way.

 

Wheatear stitch sample 3Single detached Wheatear stitch can also be worked in a square. In this sample I have worked 4 squares building up a pattern. You could easily infill with other stitches such as satin stitch or add beads to build up the the patterning.

This last sample the stitch has been used on a Crazy Quilting Block.

Wheatearsample5I used a silk thread and added extra straight stitches in a metallic thread then topped it off with a bead.
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How to embroider French knots

milliners needlesA french knot is a difficult stitch for some people but I have a tip or two in this tutorial. I am putting them up the front so people notice them before they embark upon learning the stitch.

Stitchers problem #1  Your knot pops through the fabric to the back!

If your knot pops through the fabric, you are not leaving a large enough gap where the thread emerges from the fabric and where it goes back into the fabric. When you follow the directions take a look at the third photo and make sure you take the needle back into the fabric a couple of threads away from where it came out. Put simply dont put your needle back into the same hole.

Stitchers problem #2 my wraps get stuck on the needle

Second tip is to use milliners needles as they are the secret weapon in creating not only French knots but also Bullion knots and many of the knotted stitches.

Any of the knotted stitches are best worked with milliners needles or straw needles because of the way they are made. Most embroidery needles have an eye that is wider than the shaft of the needle. Milliners or straw needles have an eye and shaft that are the same width which makes sliding the wrapped bullion or French knot along the needle easy.

Stitchers problem #3 my work just gets puckered and messy

If your work is puckering the problem is tension. Stretch the fabric in a needlework hoop or frame so that you have both hands free to work the knot. I explained how to bind and use an embroidery hoop here

I hope these  tips lead to pleasant stitching experiences when you learn how to work French knots!

ideas for French Knots sample 6How to work French Knots

step by step instructions on how work French knots 1Bring the needle out through the fabric and holding the thread taut with your left hand twist the needle round the thread two or three times.

step by step instructions on how work French knots 2Still holding the thread firmly take the needle back into the fabric one or two threads away from where the working thread emerges. Insert the needle.

step by step instructions on how work French knots 3Brush the knot down the shaft of the needle with the nail of your left thumb so that it is sitting firmly on the fabric as illustrated. Pull the thread through to the back of the fabric. As you pull keep the working thread tensioned firmly but not too tight.

step by step instructions on how work French knots 4Use your left index finger and hold the thread against the fabric as you pull the thread through the knot. This helps prevent tangles.

step by step instructions on how work French knots 5The thickness of the thread and the number of wraps on the needle will determine the size of the finished knot. You can use all sorts of threads to create interesting effects. In the sample below I used hand dyed cotton perle # 5 and #8 and the white French knots is Metallic Madeira braid 9808.

ideas for French Knots sample 4In this sample I have used an acrylic knitting yarn that was blended with a metallic thread to create the ‘grapes’ in this piece of crazy quilting.

using French Knots sample 1

The next sample is a similar design that is created using hand dyed 4mm silk ribbon.

ideas for French Knots sample 2 wisteria

You can use them in contemporary hand embroidery too. Here they are uses in combination with small straight stitches and bullion knots.

ideas for French Knots sample 5Another example of French knots used in Contemporary embroidery used in combination with beading and eyelets. A mix of threads were used including  cotton perle #5 and #8, silk, stranded cotton floss, cotton abroder, chainette thread and rayon ribbon floss.

ideas for French Knots sample 3The last sample is of french knots worked in cotton perle #5. It is a small detail on a crazy quilt block.

French Knot sample

French knots are also known as French dot, knotted stitch, twisted knot stitch and wound stitch.

 

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