Whipped Alternating Buttonhole

Whipped Alternating Buttonhole

Whipped Alternating Buttonhole Stitch creates a slightly raised fine cord-like line down the central line of Alternating buttonhole stitch. Since this is a variety of buttonhole stitch it helps if you know Buttonhole stitch and Alternating buttonhole stitch. (Follow the links to tutorials in my stitch dictionary if you need a refresher on these stitches) When you whip the line you can use the same thread choose a different colour or even use a knitting yarn, ribbon or textured thread. You can totally change the look of this stitch if you work the stitch in freeform and casual manner then whip it with a novelty knitting yarn.

Whipped Alternating Buttonhole 1Work a row of Alternating Buttonhole stitches.

Whipped Alternating Buttonhole 2To whip the row, have the needle emerge from the back of the fabric near the central line, as illustrated. Take the thread over the top and pass the needle under the first stitch as illustrated. Do not pick up any of the fabric. Pull your thread through.

Whipped Alternating Buttonhole 3
Repeat this until you have moved the length of the line.

Whipped Alternating Buttonhole
You have Whipped Alternating Buttonhole Stitch. I hope you find it an interesting stitch!

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Thread Twisties!


Experimenting with different threads can be expensive. You would normally have to buy a whole skein of each type of thread. My thread twisties are a combination of different threads to use in creative hand embroidery. These enable you to try out stitching with something other than stranded cotton. For the price of just a few skeins, you can experiment with a bundle of threads of luscious colours and many different textures.

These are creative embroiders threads. With them, I hope to encourage you to experiment. Each Twistie is a thread bundle containing silk, cotton, rayon and wool. Threads range from extra fine (the same thickness as 1 strand of embroidery floss) to chunky couchable textured yarns. All threads have a soft and manageable drape. Twisting them around a needle makes experimental hand embroidery an interesting journey rather than a battle.  Many are hand dyed by me. All are threads I use. You may find a similar thread twist but no two are identical.

You will find my thread twisties in the Pintangle shop here.

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