Buttonhole Wheel is simply a buttonhole stitch worked in a circle. So, obviously, it is part of the buttonhole family of stitches. These are also known as wheel stitch, buttonhole rings, buttonhole flowers, buttonhole disks and disk stitch.
Buttonhole wheels are a fun, if undervalued, little stitch. Many people are introduced to buttonhole wheels as a beginner’s stitch but do not realise how versatile they can be. You can do so much more with them! They are often used to form small floral sprays. This makes it a useful stitch for contemporary crazy quilting and surface embroidery.
It stands to reason that in order to work this stitch with ease, you need to know how to work regular buttonhole stitch or, as some people call it, blanket stitch.
If you have problems with the rim flicking up and not sitting flat, it just means you need more spokes in the wheel. Add a few more spokes and they will sit flat to the foundation fabric.
How to hand embroider a Buttonhole Wheel
Using a disappearing marker or pencil, mark a circle and make a dot in the middle on your fabric.
Bring your thread from the back of your fabric on the outer line. Insert the needle in the middle of the circle and bring the needle’s point out on the outer line. Loop the thread under the needle’s point.
Pull the needle through the fabric to form the first spoke of the wheel.
Repeat this process around the disk.
This stitch can be used in both contemporary and traditional stitching.
Here above I have worked half buttonhole wheels in combination with an area of couched novelty yarns, on a foundation fabric of hand-painted Aida cloth.
Below I have used buttonhole wheels in a more traditional way, along with quarter wheels in a floral motif.
Half and quarter buttonhole wheels
You can work this stitch in units that are half wheels or in quarter wheels.
It is fun to create patterns by arranging units in rows such as this example on a piece of crazy quilting.
Here is another example of half wheels used on crazy quilting. Although both are half buttonhole wheels, they can look very different depending on their spacing, placement and size.
Another way of using half buttonhole wheels is to flip or mirror them along a seam.
For another approach, once you break the wheels up into units — such as quarter wheels — you can flip them along a seam and create different arrangements and combinations. This example is used in crazy quilting, but a line of quarter wheels can make an attractive decoration as is.
Buttonhole wheels in Pulled embroidery
In pulled embroidery, buttonhole wheel is worked on a fabric such as even-weave linen, something that has ‘give’ and will ‘pull’ or pucker. You also need to use an embroiderer’s hoop to control your tension.
As you work Buttonhole wheel, tug on each stitch slightly so that the stitching pulls in the threads of the foundation fabric. It is not a tug of war — just give each stitch a tug and then move on. Make sure your needle always goes back into the same hole in the middle and a neat hole will form. You can increase the size of this hole by using a stiletto or you can use a knitting needle. Basically, you push the end into the hole to make the hole bigger or in my case more even.
My samples of this pretty stitch is here.
2018 Stitch 13 Buttonhole Wheel at https://www.thecrafties.com/2018/10/tast-roundup/
I did not get a chance to explore solely this stitch, but I do have some half-wheels on the sampler I made for 2018 week 2’s buttonhole stitch: https://www.thecrafties.com/2018/01/tast-buttonhole-stitch/
Here is my sample of buttonhole wheel – http://hokkaidokudasai.blogspot.jp/2015/12/take-stitch-tuesday-22-buttonhole-wheel.html
Hello Sharon! I love using this stitch. Thank you for the lovely inspirational photographs! Christine x Here is my link: http://patchworkallsorts.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/tast-week-twenty-two-buttonhole-wheel.html
je viens de finir ce point aussi merci sharon
My first post. Please give your comments and suggestions.
Myhttp://latha-mycreations.blogspot.com/2012/06/tast-2012-week-24.html first post on TAST.
I have posted my sample on this stitch here
I was looking forward to doing this stitch. For some reason, my wheels turned out clunky and caveman-like. Oh well. Perhaps I’ll have better luck next week.
Hi Sharon & Friends, my post for the week. I really enjoyed it!
thank you all!
hiya sharon, i had fun with this; hope you like the title – specially for you :-))
voici quelques points pour la semaine 24, maintenant, je vais faire mes petites visites sur les blogs des copines.
I did a TIF (Take It Further) for this stitch, and it can be seen on my blog at
Thanks for the ‘push’ Sharon.
I love doing wheelies! Can’t wait to do some more, great for my crazy quilt blocks I need to catch up on! Blogged at http://www.therosejournal.blogspot.com and posted my pic on Flickr and Stitchin Fingers http://stitchinfingers.ning.com/photo/buttonholewheels
Loved this stitch! I also appreciated the break last week.
Here is my challenge´s week
I made a little bookmark.
I see that everyone else saw this stitch as fun as well. I have posted my process on my blog.
this stitch is really funny.
I’m not doing TAST – too much Other Stuff – but I just had to comment. I love hollyhocks, and, Sharon, yours are just beautiful – and so imaginative!
This was fun, this will be my second cq block and first time I try to make a crazy quilt. You can view it at http://meanderingwithmymuse.blogspot.com/2012/06/buttomhole-wheel-tast.html
Spring gardening and travel for a visit with my sister put me behind on my TAST stitching. I have now “caught up” …. HOOO RAY!! I posted the last 5 stitches on my flicker site. You can view them here http://www.flickr.com/photos/susie_w/ Hope to also catch up on the CQJP soon.
My Buttonhole Wheel is here: http://ullabritt.wordpress.com/tast-2012/24-buttonhole-wheel/
Here I have posted my attempt on wheeled buttonhole stitch http://nalinihandwork.blogspot.in/2012/06/tast-week-24-wheeled-buttonhole-stitch.html
I’ve made 2 small new samples:
I stitched some butoonhole wheels. You can see them here http://6stem5.canalblog.com
I enjoyed playing around with this stitch. Here are my trials.
My samples this week were purely for fun and they are here
The Buttonhole Wheel is fun and easy to work with.
I had fun working this stitch – here are my samples:
No, I am!
Enjoyed playing with this stitch and made the back of my bead wallet using it 🙂
I finished my sample for this week. It was very enjoyable to do. You can find it at:
Thanks for the break! I really needed it! This is this weel stitch http://stitchinfingers.ning.com/photo/tast-2012-buttonhole-wheel?context=user
Thanks to the catch-up and life getting calmer, all the past weeks are now posted. Here is the buttonhole wheel. My favorite is the double red with metalic weaving in the outer wheel.
I tried out some more designs with this stitch and posted at my blog.http://viji-crafts.blogspot.in/2012/06/buttonhole-wheel-2.html?showComment=1339756191384
Hi Sharon, you can see my work for the week 24 here,
I had a great fun !
so pleased that this week i am not the last contributer~!
see what i’ve added to the christmas stocking project using the buttonhole wheel stitch.
I like working the wheels freehand and the resulting sometimes off- centered, eliptical shapes. I didn’t go extreme wonky this time: http://www.flickr.com/photos/playswithfibers/7372381812/in/photostream
I think everyone likes this stitch and so do I., Here is my attempt: http://fabricfusion.blogspot.com/2012/06/tast-2012-week-24-buttonhole-wheel.html
I have started the experiments with buttonhole wheel . the details-
Hi Sharon, I love this weeks stitch and enjoyed stitching it
You can see my sample here…………..
I made a sort of felted stones and attached them with this stitch. You can see them here: http://threads-and-patches.blogspot.com/2012/06/tast-week-24-buttonhole-wheel.html
My buttonhole wheels are here: http://thatyankstitches.multiply.com/journal/item/324/Two-completions-yesterday…
I loved this one!
…and here is my earlier example, http://alovchany.blogspot.com/2012/01/needlebook-cover.html
maybe you have already seen it
here is my example http://alovchany.blogspot.com/2012/06/tast-24-buttonhole-wheels.html
thank you for visit!
Just before Sharon gives this week’s stitch, I’ve been stitching some buttonhole wheel (hollyhocks) in a other project. You can see them here http://j-en-revais.blogspot.com/2012/06/tast-24.html
I’m really liking the TAST, Sharon, but my obsession with it is taking me away from other things! This was a good one:
here is my fisherwoman using buttonhole wheel..
I posted my samples at http://focus-on-fiber.blogspot.com
The buttonhole wheel stitch is so easy and found interesting too.
My trials are posted in my blog here.
This is really a stitch which I love !
Sharon, whether it is the variegated thread, Buttonhole wheel placement or both, your first sample is gorgeous. I love the encrusted sample also.
I love this stitch, which I first learned in the first class I took with you. I use it all the time.
Love this stitch! I am so grateful for your good instructions! The last time I tried this stitch I wasn’t quite so successful. You can see what I did here
I’ve always liked the look of your little buttonhole wheels that stand up and look like barnacles or anenome. Could you talk about how you get that affect?
Hi Nancy the stand up version is buttonhole wheel cup – it is made using detached buttonhole stitches around the edge. I will have to include it in one of my worksheet modules as it not well known. I discovered it by accident.
Yes, I enjoyed the catch up week. Combined with a blog break it allowed me to catch up on a lot of things. Today I wrote my weekly post with old TAST stitches here:
I loved this week’s challange, as it is one of my favourite stitches. You can see what I did with it on my mandala:
Best wishes, Jessica