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Detached buttonhole bars

  • Detached buttonhole stitch
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​Buttonhole bars can be attached to the fabric securely at both ends, or detached at one end to produce a stitch with movement and flexibility. In detached buttonhole bars the bar is attached at one end only, thus creating a raised length of buttonholes along a length of thread.

For more background see the entry for buttonhole stitch.

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Method

To avoid catching the fabric and/or core thread while making buttonhole stitches, you could use the eye of the needle or change it to a tapestry needle.

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In this example, a detached buttonhole bar is used to create a tiny carrot. Insert a pin into the fabric and bring the green thread up just to one side of it.

Detached buttonhole bars method stage 2 photograph
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Wrap the thread around the top of the pin once and take the needle down the same hole. Bring the needle up very close to the starting point. Repeat two or three times and this will be the detached bar.

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Cast off the green thread and change to the orange thread. Bring the thread up at the starting point.

Detached buttonhole bars method stage 4 photograph
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Work a buttonhole stitch just a little down from the tip of the green thread bar.

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Continue to form buttonhole stitches towards the end of the detached bar.

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Try to make the buttonhole stitches as even as possible.

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At the end of the bar, take the thread through to the back of the fabric and secure it.

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Remove the pin and cut through the loop at the top of the green thread to make a carrot. The detached button hole bars can, of course, be made with a single colour, working buttonhole stitches along the entire length of the bar.

Detached buttonhole bars

Embroidery Techniques

Identifying Detached buttonhole bars

​Detached buttonhole bars stitch can be identified by a length of buttonhole stitch having been looped around a length of thread, but only attached to the fabric at one end.

References

  • Mrs Archibald Christie, Samplers and Stitches (1921) , p.27