Take a stitch Tuesday 128 Interlaced Up and down buttonhole

Interlaced Up and down buttonhole 11I really hope people like Up and down buttonhole as I have a very interesting variety this week that consist 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 wit this stitch very easily.

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Crazy Quilt Seam Detail 515

Crazy quilt block 78

This hand embroidered detail is a seam on block 78. If you click on the thumbnail of the block you will see a larger version.

This detail is what I call a button and bead trail as I have stitched on buttons and beads as if they had spilt over the block. They are fun but time consuming to do!

I usually start with the buttons and add the smaller beads around the edges of them.

Crazy quilt block detail 515

The Crazy Quilt details  series of articles each highlight the hand embroidered seams and embellishments on the blocks that make up my crazy quilt I dropped the button box. I hope the eye candy and details give you ideas fro your own crazy quilting projects. For a free pattern of the block and information about the fabrics I used when I made up the block click on the block thumbnail.

 

 

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Crazy Quilt Seam Detail 514

Crazy quilt block 78

The Crazy Quilt details  series of articles each highlight the hand embroidered seams and embellishments on the blocks that make up my crazy quilt I dropped the button box. I hope the eye candy and details give you ideas fro your own crazy quilting projects. For a free pattern of the block and information about the fabrics I used when I made up the block click on the block thumbnail.

This hand embroidered detail is a seam on block 78

This seam embellishment started with a small thin commercial braid that I attached to the block. Using perle cotton #5 , I worked a row of Herringbone Cretan stitch each side of the braid. I then laced it with a metallic thread, adding beads before surround them with a long bullion knot of about 25 wraps. The thread I used for them is cotton perle #5.

Crazy quilt block detail 514

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Detail 674 and 675 on my Freeform Hand Embroidery Sampler

Sampler section 50
Today I have a detail from  section 50 on my Love of Stitching Band Sampler. If you click on the thumbnail you can read about this section of the embroidery sampler and how I pieced together different fabrics as a foundation cloth.

Stitches 

This detail is illustrates an number of canvas work stitches used on Aida. There are a mix of threads both hand dyed and commercial in different fibers. In this area I used stranded cotton floss, cotton #8 Perle and cotton #5 perle, silk and wool.  I used mostly straight stitches worked in a similar manner to Bargello and I added some eyelets and Rhodes stitch.

Detail on Hand Embroidery Needlework Sampler

As I stitched the news was full of reports about the oil spill in the gulf of Mexico. So another piece of journalling appeared as I added a note about it.

Detail on Hand Embroidery Needlework Sampler

Date:

This section of the sampler was worked between March and May 2010.

Size:

This area is a section in my  Love of Stitching Band Sampler which is 15 cm (6 inches) wide and currently measures 96 feet 5 inches (2,938.78 centimetres), or  32.138 yards which is 29.3878 meters. It is still growing…

Sampler FAQ
If you want to know more about this piece visit the Sampler FAQ page or you can work back through the series of articles by reading them in the the Love of Stitching Band Sampler category.