This week I have 2 stitches to share The first is Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole and the second is the beaded version.
Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole is a variation of up and down buttonhole buttonhole stitch which was week 28 of the TAST challenge. It is easily worked on all types of fabrics and as you can see the beaded version is attractive too.
How to work Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch
Work this stitch from left to right and be familiar with the regular form of up and down buttonhole stitch.
Starting as you would with buttonhole stitch and with your needle pointing downwards wrap the thread under the needle and pull the needle through.
For the second part of the stitch, insert the needle and take a bite of the fabric so that the tip of the needle is pointing upwards as illustrated.
Wrap the working thread under the needle and pull the needle through the foundation fabric. As you pull the needle through pull the needle towards you instead of away from you. As you do this hold down the loop that forms with the left thumb to prevent it slipping. This loop forms the bar at the base of both stitches. For regular up and down button hole you would work along the line at this point.
Note I have noticed online that some instructions create a loop then lace the working thread through the stitch. This is wrong the loop is created as you stitch and once you have the rhythm of the stitch it is easy and quick to do.
For Alternating Up and down buttonhole you work the next pair of stitches pointing in the other direction.
Once again make a regular buttonhole stitch but this time point your needle upwards wrap the thread under the needle and pull the needle through.
For the second part of the stitch, insert the needle and take a bite of the fabric so that the tip of the needle is pointing downwards as illustrated.
As you pull the needle through pull he needle away form you and hold down the loop that forms with the left thumb to prevent it slipping.
This forms the second pair of stitches. Continue along the line with alternating the direction of each pair of stitches as illustrated.
How to work beaded Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch
Beaded Alternating Up and down buttonhole is another variation. With this stitch the beading is done during the stitching process not added afterward. The trick is use a size 26 tapestry needle. Since the eye of a tapestry needle is long you can thread perle #8 and Perle #5 through the long eye. However the needle itself is thin which means you can add a bead to your working thread as you stitch.
Starting as you would with alternating buttonhole work the first pair of stitches as illustrated.
Thread a bead on your working thread then work the next pair of stitches pointing downwards.
Continue along the line adding beads between each pair of stitches as illustrated.
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