Crossed buttonhole stitch is an interesting variety of buttonhole. You can create patterns and interesting borders with this stitch.
How to embroider Crossed Buttonhole Stitch
You need to know basic buttonhole to work this stitch, as it consists of pairs of angled buttonhole stitches which are crossed.
Work between two imaginary lines. Bring the thread out on the lower line and insert at an angle with the tip of the needle pointing left. Loop the working thread under the needle’s point.
Pull the needle through the fabric to form the first stitch.
Insert the needle to the left of the first stitch, at an angle, with the tip of the needle pointing right. Loop the working thread under the needle’s point and pull the needle through the fabric to cross the last stitch.
Repeat this process along the line.
I have to admit that when you first look at this stitch, it looks a little mundane — but really, there are many creative ways you can work with it.
You can stack it, work the stitch in a square and overlay it. In the sample below, I have worked the units of crossed buttonhole in a square pattern and added beads to the middle. The thread is an overdyed cotton perle #5.
You can also create variations by changing the spacing of the stitch or lengthening the height of the arms on the stitch
It is also interesting to use this stitch to couch on textured threads. In the sample below I have used it to couch down eyelash thread. I also added beads to create an interesting edge. This decoration could also be used in crazy quilting.
There are also numerous possibilities if you work it diagonally or extend one of the arms too!
Worked evenly and row upon row a patterns are easily achieved. It is a stitch that is worth playing about with as experimentation will lead to some fun and interesting results.
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Thanks for the introduction of this stitch in TAST. My samples are here.
2018 Stitch 19 Crossed Buttonhole at https://www.thecrafties.com/2018/10/tast-roundup/
2018 Stitch 19 – I included the crossed buttonhole in a tiny section of my TAST pennant: https://www.thecrafties.com/2018/01/tast-buttonhole-stitch/
A bit of a challenge, especially as I’m left-handed. But easier than oyster stitch.
I am pleased to hear you mastered it
Beautiful and unusual for me.
Thank you for your super ideas for to embroidery
Here is my crossed buttonhole sample – http://hokkaidokudasai.blogspot.jp/2015/11/take-stitch-tuesday-17-crossed.html
I have used the crossed buttonhole to couch down some fabric strips. I have shown it on Stitchin Fingers here: http://stitchinfingers.ning.com/photo/wk-18-crossed-buttonhole-strata?xg_source=activity
This was my first time working with this stitch.
Here is the link for the crossed button hole.
I have made another block for my TAST 2012 Attachments Quilt with the crossed buttonhole stitch. Guess what the attachments are?! Find out here:
I finally posted my crossed buttonhole samples on my blog.
Nothing very inspiring but some random layered stitches and a nice border.
You can view my Crossed Buttonhole stitching at
Hope you’ll all pop by and say Hello!
I stitched my samplers for this week on Aida. I wrote about it here:
And I shared how I made the woven crossed buttonhole stitch here:
Just finished before the start of week 19! Here is my sample of the Crossed Buttonhole Stitch:
2 attempts this week. hope you like them. xx
I have just finished crossed buttonhole
My work of this week.
Have a nice week!!!
This week’s stitch immediately brought to mind a crossed rail fence. You can see my stitching at:
Each week’s stitching occupies a little more than a square inch on my year’s sampler. You can see the previous week’s stitching at
I have posted my Crossed Buttonhole work at
Some are from Tast 1 but there are new also.
Thanks Sharon for sharing the link to the Antique Pattern Library. It’s fun using some of the patterns for Tast.
I have given an incomplete link in the previous comment. Please check my correct link .
I’ve completed and posted weeks 17 & 18 here http://www.flickr.com/photos/susie_w/ While sometimes having to stretch out my posting times, I am still very much enjoying the challenge and looking at embellished seams with a new eye. Thank you Sharon!
I just saw your work on Pintangle TAST and your Flickr photo stream – I think your work is amazing and so lovely…. I’m not normally a fan of muted colours but your colours are beautiful and harmonious. I look forward to seeing your new work. I am new to all this – only started TAST last week but I’m loving it already
another week, another sample.
I posted at my blog:
and in the Flikr group:http://www.flickr.com/photos/carorose/7143946507/in/pool-56846286@N00
this week, I was a bit lazzy and make just a little thing. Pauline makes her stitchs too.
Hi Sharon, I have completed my crossed stitch sampler, the detaisl are here-http://jizee6687.wordpress.com/category/tast-2012/18-crossed-buttonhole-stitch2/
Hi, here you can see my embroidery test !
This week I put a little sampler on my new blog:
Here are my samples for TAST week 18 crossed buttonhole stitch. I hope you like them…
My sample for week 18
Found this stitch hard to get my head around !
You can find my sample here……..
Here is my sample http://borduurblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/crossed-buttonhole-gekruiste.html
Here are my crossed buttonhole stitches. http://web.me.com/queeniepatch/Queeniepatch_Quilts/Blog/Entries/2012/5/5_TAST_2012%2C_Week_18.html
My first attempt is here:
I have posted this week’s stitch here on my blog-
It was a nice stitch for a rainbow….
It is not exactly a crossed buttonhole stitch with what I ende with. The result is interesting though.
My sample is posted here:
May 4, 2012
Nice stitch. I tried first time cross buttonhole stitch
My rows of crossed buttonhole stitches are here:
very interesting stitch!
My work on the Crossed Buttonhole this week: http://debbiesfiberwork.blogspot.com/2012/05/tast-week-18.html
First time crossed buttonhole stitch for me… and I have made a little fish!
Here is my attempt on week 18 buttonhole stitch crossed: http://fabricfusion.blogspot.com/2012/05/tast-18-buttonhole-crossed-stitch.html
Here is my post for this week’s challenge. Happy that I have learned a new stich this week.
Hi everyone, I have chosed ‘feathers’ to demonstrate the use of this stitch this week. There is also a work in progress
Hi Sharon & Friends, my first post for the week 18. Have a nice stitches!
http://christinaroland.blogspot.com/2012/05/tast-week-18.html Due to lovely weather my efforts aren’t quite right. But a very nice and usable stitch this one.
Originally I tried to do the stitch on fabric. I found it easier to do on Aida cloth so the stitches looked a bit more uniform. The sampler is integrated into my embroidery journal. More information and pictures are here:
My sample is on my blog
Thanks Sharon for continuing to host and instruct this! I appreciate learning the new stitches. This stitch was definitely new to me and I had a bit of a hard time ‘getting’ it. You can see my humble attempt at http://princessbubblescreates.blogspot.ca/
I really enjoyed doing this stitch. You can see what I have done here:
Hi Ladies and Gentlemen, here is my weekly sample
Thank you for the visit.
I’ve posted my stitches on my blog http://focus-on-fiber.blogspot.com
And this is the link to stitchinfingers..
This is my sampler of crossed buttonhole stitch
Geez this is getting to be a pain, the link is:- http://www.stitchinfingers.ning.com/profile/NicolaThomson
As the link isnt showing up in my comment I have no idea if its working…none at all 🙁
My sample may be found at the above link
I found this stitch cute for crazy quilt flower seams.
See mine http://irispatchwork.blogspot.com.br/2012/05/tast-week-18.html
my earlier crossed buttonhole stitch sampler details are here-http://jizee6687.wordpress.com/category/tast-2012/18-crossed-buttonhole-stitch2/
Here’s my weekly post with old samples: