Buttonhole Eyelet Flower Tutorial

I found Buttonhole Eyelet Flower in A-Z of Embroidery Stitches 2 . It is called Buttonhole Eyelet flower and has a base created by first working a buttonhole wheel, then you add bullion knots around the 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’ in bullion knots.

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 bullion knots. If you need a refresher follow the link to tutorials.

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, making sure that you  pass each vertical stitch through the same point 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.

The next step is to 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.

These are particularly fun if you combine them with a Closed Base Needlewoven Picot stitch

I hope you enjoy the stitch!




How to hand embroider Portuguese Border Stitch

Portuguese Border Stitch forms a highly textured braid like stitch, which is a heap of fun to work. With this stitch you can also change threads when you work the top layer.

The stitch forms good ridge and is ideal to use for strong lines or stacked side by side to produce a textured area.You can work Portuguese Border Stitch on the curve by changing the angle of the foundation stitches and I like the spacing created up the centre of the stitch as it is easy to place a bead in the middle to add a little extra zest.

how to work Portuguese border stitch step 1
My sample was worked in perle 5 for the foundation stitches and perle 3 for the whipping stitches.
The stitch is worked from bottom to top. Note the needle does not pierce the fabric you are whipping the foundation stitches. Use a tapestry need for the second part of the stitch. This way you will avoid accidentally splitting the foundation threads.

Work a foundation of a row of straight stitches. Don’t work them too tight as these stitches will be laced with a second thread.

how to work Portuguese border stitch step 2 Bring the thread out at the bottom left of the first rung.
Take the needle over the second rung and pointing the needle to the left take it under that rung.
Pull the needle through so that the thread will loop around and under the first and second rung.

how to work Portuguese border stitch step 3On the second stitch take the needle over the second rung and pointing the needle to the left take it under that rung. You now have two stitches laced over the first and second rung.

Take the needle over and thread it under the third rung keeping the needle pointing to the left.

how to work Portuguese border stitch stepPull the needle through and a thread will loop over the second and third rung
Take the needle over the third rung and pointing the needle to the left take it under that rung.
Take the needle over and thread it under the fourth rung keeping the needle pointing to the left.
Pull the needle through and a thread will loop over the third and fourth rung.
Repeat up the ladder of foundation stitches.
how to work Portuguese border stitch step 5Continue to the top.
The pattern is over two rungs, over one rung, and move up the ladder. Or think of it as whip two (to start), whip one and up one.
how to work Portuguese border stitch step 6
With Portuguese Border Stitch tension is important. Keep the whipping loose enough that the foundation stitches do not distort.
Bring the needle out at the bottom again to commence the right side of the band.
Work a second row of whipping, by repeating the process only angle your needle to the right as you work.

I hope you enjoy Portuguese Border Stitch!

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How to hand embroider Open Base Needlewoven Picot

Open base needlewoven picot is a fun three dimensional stitch that is ideal for leaves and the like.

The method of working is very similar to Closed Base Needlewoven Picot stitch but the base is wider. You can make short or quite long or I have seen them worked in wide and stacked to form lichen type textures on motifs of trees and bark. Also if worked stacked in semi circles they make great pinecones! If you work them in a circle they form petals for flower. The ‘leaves’ stand free from the fabric in a 3D manner.

My main tip is to use a blunt tapestry needle so that as you weave the threads you do not split them by accident.

How to work an Open Base Needlewoven Picot stitch

Open base needlewoven picot
Place a pin in your work with the pin emerging from the fabric where you want the base of your picot to be.


Bring the thread out at the base to the left of the pin.   Take the thread behind the pin and back into the fabric on the right hand side as illustrated. Bring the thread out, a little to the left, at the base of where the pin emerges from the fabric.
Open base needlewoven picot 3
Take the thread and wrap it behind the pin. Have the thread cross the pin so that it wraps from the right side to left as illustrated in the photograph.

Open base needlewoven picot 4
Begin weaving by sliding the needle from left to right picking up the two outer threads. You do not pick up the middle thread.
Open base needlewoven picot 5
Pull the thread through firmly but not too tight.
Open base needlewoven picot
Turn the needle and continue weaving by sliding the needle from right to left picking the middle thread. The two outer threads are not picked up.
Open base needlewoven picot 7
Pull your thread through and continue in this back and forth motion until you have woven to the base. As you weave use the needle to pack the picot so that it firm.
Open base needlewoven picot 8 Continue weaving until the picot is packed firmly to the base.
Open base needlewoven picot 9Take the thread to the back and secure with two small back stitches.

Open base needlewoven picotRemove the pin and you have a freestanding needle woven Picot which pops up from the fabric.