Triangular buttonhole and Beaded Triangular buttonhole stitch

Triangular buttonhole is a version of buttonhole stitch. If you are a total beginner, I suggest that before you attempt this version you familiarise yourself with basic buttonhole stitch first.

Triangular buttonhole is an interesting stitch I discovered in an old book by Edith John titled Creative Stitches. In experimenting with it, I discovered it not only is an interesting stitch of itself that is great for edgings or building up patterns, but you can add beads to it at various points in the process that enhances the stitch in some really nice ways. The shape of the stitch lends itself to stacking row upon row to create patterns yet like buttonhole it can be worked on a gentle curve. You can change the angles to create higher pointed triangles or make them larger by adding more stitches to the triangle.

How to work Triangular Buttonhole Stitch.

Triangular buttonholeThis stitch is worked from left to right. Bring the thread out at the base of your stitching line and insert the needle at the top. Position the needle so that the tip emerges at an angle of about 45 degrees.  With  the thread under the needle point, pull the needle through the fabric to form a loop. This first stitch forms one side of the triangle.

Triangular buttonhole 2Move along the line and insert the needle at an angle but lower down the side of the triangle as illustrated.   With  the thread under the needle pull it through the fabric to form the next stitch.

Triangular buttonhole 3Once again, move along the line a little and insert the needle at an angle to create the next part of the stitch as illustrated.   With  the thread under the needle pull it through the fabric.

Triangular buttonhole 4Move along the line and insert the needle at the top of the triangle and angle the needle so that the tip emerges at the base of the triangle as illustrated.   With  the thread under the needle pull it through the fabric and you have created the first triangle.

Triangular buttonhole 5Repeat this process along the line.

Triangular buttonhole 6You could work rows of this stitch back to back or row upon row, or face to face with the points touching or offset. You could also work the stitch over a ribbon. The variety possible is really very rich.

How to work  Beaded Triangular buttonhole stitch

To work Beaded Triangular buttonhole 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 in other words the beading becomes part of the process rather than added afterwards. This tip is key to success with this type of beaded embroidery.

You can bead Triangular buttonhole on any bar of the stitch or the base of the stitch. Or you can set up patterns with the beads by beading two of the bars or one triangles and not the next and so on. The varieties of patterning available is rich particularly if you mixed bugle beads and seed beads.

Beaded Triangular buttonhole 1As with regular Triangular buttonhole this stitch is worked from left to right.

Beaded Triangular buttonhole 2I have demonstrated this stitch adding beads to one side of the triangle but you can thread beads on to any of the bars.

Bring the thread out at the base of the stitching line and thread 4 seed beads to your working thread.  Insert the needle at the top of the triangle and have the tip emerging at the base. The needle is at an angle of approximately 45 degrees.  With  the thread under the needle point, pull the needle through the fabric to form one side of the triangle.

Beaded Triangular buttonhole 3Work the rest of the stitch as you would regular Triangular buttonhole and continue along the line.

Beaded Triangular buttonhole 4Different patterns can be created by threading the beads on different parts of the stitch.

Beaded Triangular buttonhole 5Experiment with various combinations of seed beads and bugle beads.

Beaded Triangular buttonhole 7You could also work this stitch row upon row to create patterns.

Beaded Triangular buttonhole 8You can also add a bead to the base loops as well.

Beaded Triangular buttonhole 9

Hope you enjoy exploring this stitch!




Eastern Stitch Step by Step Tutorial

Needlework Sampler band 643
Eastern stitch is also known as Egyptian buttonhole. I guess the buttonhole part of the name comes from the loop made between the two bars as the same hand movement is required to make buttonhole. I have seen it classified as part of the buttonhole family. Usually this stitch is seen worked as a filling particularly in canvas work embroidery.

This stitch works with any grid like pattern. I have seen Eastern stitch as it is worked row upon row but first pointed in one direction and then on the next row point the stitch in the other direction it works because as a stitch each unit will sit neatly within a square. The beaded version is the same for the same reason.

Since it sits so firmly with in a square any grid like pattern can be created by treating it like cross stitch and simply counting the squares. You can also spin it around to create patterns. It is just a case of looking at each unit and thinking slightly differently.

hand embroidery detail on needlework samplerMany people think of this stitch as an evenweave stitch that has to be worked on a grid but it will follow a softly curved line too.

How to work Eastern Stitch

Work this stitch from left to right. When working this stitch it needs to kept at a fairly loose tension.
Eastern Stitch step 1Make a vertical straight stitch at the left side of an imaginary square.
Eastern Stitch step 2Make a horizontal straight stitch at the top of an imaginary square.
These two stitches are the foundation bars of each unit of eastern stitch.
Eastern Stitch step 3Taking the needle diagonally across the back of the fabric, bring the thread up to the front the fabric, in the bottom right-hand corner as illustrated.
Eastern Stitch step 4Take the needle over the top and then slide it under the vertical stitch. When you slide the needle under the bar make sure it points towards the bottom of the square. Pull the needle through so that  it forms a loop over the vertical bar stitch as illustrated. You are not going through the fabric but lacing the bar.
Eastern Stitch step 5
Move to the horizontal bar and slide the needle under the horizontal stitch.

Eastern Stitch step 6Make sure the thread is kept to the right of the needle so that when you pull it through it forms a loop over the horizontal stitch as illustrated
Take the thread through the fabric at the bottom right-hand corner.

Eastern Stitch step 7Bringing the needle out at the top left corner of the next stitch and repeat the process along a line or to fill an area.
Eastern Stitch step 8You can work along a line or a curve or as individual units to create patterns.




How to hand embroider Turkman Stitch

Some people classify Turkman stitch as a form of double chain stitch and others classify it as a closed feather stitch. Some books have the point of the needle angled further inwards for double chain and for Turkman the point of the needle follows the outer edge of the line. In many ways depending on how you view this stitch it could be either.

Turkman stitch is simple and quick to work. Turkman stitch can be used as a linear stitch and as a filling. It will also follow a gentle curve. It is worked between two imaginary parallel lines down the fabric swinging back and forth, from side to side.

How to work Turkman stitch

Turkman stitch step Bring the needle out at the top left line, and insert the needle on the right line and make a small vertical stitch in a downward motion, so that the needle point reappears on the right line.

Turkman stitch step 2Keeping the thread under the needle point pull the thread through the fabric to make the first stitch.

Turkman stitch step 3Next, insert the needle on the left line, very close to where the thread emerged and take a small vertical bite of the fabric.
Keeping the thread under the needle point, pull the thread through the fabric to make the stitch.

Turkman stitch step 4Insert the needle on the right line, catching the loop and make a small vertical stitch in a downward motion so that the needle point reappears on the right line.

Turkman stitch step 5Work these movements alternatively down the row but notice that as the row is worked each stitch catches the previous stitch.

I hope you enjoy the stitch!

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