Single corded Brussels stitch
- Corded buttonhole Stitch
- Corded Brussels Stitch
Single Corded Brussels stitch is a needlelace stitch consisting of detached butthonhole stitches worked over a pre-existing outline. After the first row of buttonhole stitches, a long thread (hence the name ‘corded’) is laid back across the stitched area and the next row is worked over both the preceding row and the laid thread. The stitch can be worked densely by working the first row of buttonhole stitches closely together or as a more open stitch by spacing them further apart, as in the method below.
Single Corded Brussels Stitch is attached to the background fabric only at the edges. In the example below, a simple back stitch outline edge is used, but this could be a cordonnet when making a needlelace slip.
Single corded Brussels stitch features as part of the Reticella tradition, a whitework technique dating from the late-Medieval period.
For more background see the entry for Single brussels stitch.
Start at just under the top left-hand corner of the shape and work a buttonhole stitch. The stitch is attached to the fabric by passing through the top outer edge only.
Pull the thread through to form a cord going across the shape, then whip down the left side edge to bring the needle just below the cord.
Work another row of buttonhole stitches from left to right, passing the needle through the loops of the previous row and the cord.
Form a cord again and whip down the left side edge to bring the needle just below the cord.
Continue to work rows of buttonhole stitch across the shape, forming each stitch by passing the needle through the loop just above it and the cord.
On the final row, pass the needle through the loop of the buttonhole stich above, the cord and the bottom outer edge as you form each stitch.
Structure of stitch
This stitch is often used in Stumpwork embroidery.