Double buttonhole stitch
- Double blanket stitch
This stitch consists of two interlocking rows of buttonhole stitch where ‘legs’ of the stitch alternate.
Examples of the use of double buttonhole stitch exist in both historic and contemporary embroidery: the Victoria and Albert Museum, London holds an early 18th century whitework fichu (neckerchief) which features the stitch. Rabari embroidery from the nomadic Rabari peoples of north-western India traditionally used double buttonhole stitch, although this use was declining by the second half of the 20th century. For more background see the entry for buttonhole stitch.
Structure of stitch
Mary Thomas, Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.23
'Whitework fichu', Victoria and Albert Museum (2021). Available at: https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O360210/fichu-unknown/ (Accessed: 12 October 2021)
Judy Frater. (1999) 'When parrots transform to bikes: social change reflected in Rabari embroidery motifs', Nomadic Peoples pp.31-49 (19 pages). Available at: https://www.jstor.org/stable/43123556