Interlaced Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch Tutorial

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 11

Interlaced Up and Down Buttonhole is an interesting variety of buttonhole that consists of two rows worked interlaced as you work them back to back. It forms really attractive band that is ideal to use on a border, a seam decoration on a crazy quilt or if you work it row upon row it makes a very nice fill too. You can also add beads for extra zest.

How to work Interlaced Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch

You need to be familiar with Up and Down buttonhole stitch to work this. You first work a row of up and down buttonhole stitch then the interlacing is done on the second row.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 1Starting as you would with buttonhole work the first stitch of the pair as a regular buttonhole stitch with your needle pointing downwards wrap the thread under the needle and pull the needle through.
Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 2For 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.The loop forms as you stitch.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 3Note 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.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 4This loop forms the bar at the base of both stitches. This forms the first pair of tied stitches.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 5Work along the line.

Turn your work.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 6To commence the second row bring your needle from the back so that the thread emerges just above the line of the first row.

Thread the needle under the first bar on the first row, that you have just created. At this stage you are going under the thread but not through the fabric.
Pull the needle through.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 7Work a pair of up and down buttonhole stitches.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 8Thread your needle under the next bar and work a pair of up and down buttonhole stitches.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 9Continue along the line threading your working thread under each that is between each pair of stitches on the bottom row.

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 10I have worked the two rows in different colours so readers can see how the two rows are laced together. As you can see you could incorporate beading with this stitch very easily.

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As someone who loves crazy quilting and embroidery I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to apply to your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.

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How to Hand Embroider Closed Herringbone Stitch

Closed herringbone is a variety of herringbone where the stitch is worked so closely together that it forms a line of crossed stitches. On the back of the fabric it will show a two lines of back stitches so it is also known as Double Backstitch. Another use for this stitch is to work it on sheer or semi sheer fabric to create a style of very subtle and interesting type of embroidery called shadow work.

Normally with forms of herringbone stitch you would work the crosses on the front of the embroidery as a surface stitch but in shadow work you work the stitch on the back and it shows through the fabric. This means the shadow of the work is seen hence the name. When worked in shadow work Closed Herringbone is known as Shadow stitch.

But  you can also use closed herringbone as surface stitch too. It is very useful to define a good strong line or in a border or as part of an edging.

How to hand embroider Closed Herringbone stitch

Closed Herringbone Stitch step 1
This stitch is worked from left to right between two lines. Commence by bringing the needle out on the bottom left-hand side of the line to be worked.

Take the needle up and make a small stitch on the upper line which points to the left, pull the thread through.

Insert the needle on the lower line but have the needle tip emerge  in line with the edge of the edge of the upper stitch (as illustrated) and make a small stitch which points to the left.

Closed Herringbone Stitch step 2Insert the needle on the upper line a little to the right and make a small stitch which points to the left. Have the needle emerge next to the previous stitch. Continue in the manner along the line working each herringbone stitch closely so that is sits right next to the previous stitch.

Closed Herringbone Stitch

I hope you enjoy the stitch

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Long Tail Chain Stitch Plain, beaded and whipped

sample of Long Tail Chain stitch 2Long tail chain is also known as long arm chain and Long leg chain!  With all these tails arms and legs you would think we are talking about a beast of stitch but it is not the case.

Long tail Chain Stitch is a stitch of hidden talents as it is very versatile particularly when you introduce a second process like whipping or if you add beads.  Long tail chain is simply a chain stitch with a long tie stitch. It is not difficult to work and is easily added to or arranged in interesting patterns.

It is a good idea to be familiar with detached chain stitch as Long Tail Chain is a variety of  Chain stitch

How to hand embroider Long Tail Chain stitch

Bring the needle up through the fabric and insert it back into where it emerged and take a small bite of the fabric to have the point of the needle positioned as illustrated.

Long Tail Chain stitch 1Wrap under the needle point as you would for chain stitch and pull the needle through to create a chain stitch.

Long Tail Chain stitch 2On the same line tie the chain down with a long straight stitch.

Long Tail Chain stitchWhen this stitch is worked in a single unit it is called a long tailed chain.

sample of Long Tail Chain stitch 3You can arrange long tailed chain stitch is all sorts of ways and I have worked some samples to show you.

sample of Long Tail Chain stitch 4sample of Long Tail Chain stitchYou can even create interesting fills or patterns with this stitch.

Circles are a common pattern as they then look like flower petals.

Tip! How to work neat stitches in a circle.

This tip works not only for this stitch but also for detached chain flowers (lazy daisy) bullion flowers and many of the hand embroidery stitches where you have to work a circle of spokes that radiate from the centre.

When you work long tailed chain in a circle, imagine a clock face.

Work a stitch at 12 o’clock and then another stitch at 6 o’clock then take your thread across the can work a stitch at 3 o’clock and another at 9 o’clock.

Long Tail Chain stitch step 1Next you add a stitch between 12 and 3 o’clock and another between 3 and 6 o’clock and so on.

Long Tail Chain stitch step 2If you do this you will get nicely balanced hand embroidered flowers without having to mark the fabric.

You can create some nice flower patterns with this stitch.

Beaded Feathered chain stitch step 7

Tip! How to work Beaded embroidery stitches

With this stitch the beading is done during the stitching process not added afterward so you need to 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. It is a case of the best of both worlds!

Beaded Long Tail Chain stitch1To work this beaded version you create a chain and before you tie it off the with the long straight stitch thread 3 seed beads on to the tail.

Beaded Long Tail Chain stitch

Long Tail Chain stitch step 2

How to hand embroider Whipped Long Tail Chain stitch

The last variety I would like to share with you is Whipped Long Tail Chain. This stitch is also known as whipped long armed chain, and whipped long tack daisy.

Work 8 long tail chain stitches so that they radiate in circle.

The tails of the stitch are the foundation threads for the whipped stitches.

Bring the thread out at the centre and slide the needle under a ‘tail’ and pull it through. In this stitch you are not going through the fabric just under the long tail stitches which are acting as spokes.

Whipped Long Tail Chain stitch1

Take the thread up and over the top of the spoke and move back a spoke to slide the needle under two spokes as illustrated. Your thread should wrap around the spoke. This whipping action of forward 2 spokes and back 1 spoke is a bit like making a series of back stitches over the spokes but not through the fabric.

Whipped Long Tail Chain stitch 3Repeat this action, whipping each spoke as you progress around the wheel until the circle is filled.
Whipped Long Tail Chain stitch 4It is a fun stitch and I hope readers will enjoy experimenting with it a bit.