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Closed buttonhole stitch

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Closed buttonhole stitch is widely-spaced buttonhole (also known as blanket stitch) alternate ‘legs’ of the stitch are angled forward or backward so that they meet and form a triangle.

For more background see the entries for Buttonhole stitch and Blanket stitch.

Closed buttonhole stitch is generously sponsored by Karen Goldie-Morrison

Method

1

Working left to right. Bring the needle to the surface at the base of the stitch as if to create a diagonal stitch. Keep the thread slack.

2

Bring the needle up on the base line again half a stitch length behind the end of the last stitch, ensuring the needle comes up behind the last slack stitch.

3

Tighten the first stitch against the needle, creating a kink in the diagonal stitch. Pull the working thread to the surface. Take the needle down at the end of the first stitch, leaving the thread slack on the surface.

4

Bring the needle up on the base line again, half a stitch length ahead ensuring the needle comes up behind the last slack stitch and tighten against the needle.

5

Pull the thread through to the surface, creating a triangular shape.

6

Continue the sequence working left to right to complete an attractive border.

Closed buttonhole stitch

Structure of stitch

Embroidery Techniques

References

  • Mary Thomas, Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.21–2
  • Anchor Embroidery, 100 Embroidery Stitches