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Double corded Brussels stitch

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Double Corded Brussels stitch is a needlelace stitch consisting of detached butthonhole stitches worked over a pre-existing outline.  This is a more open filling stitch than Single Corded Brussels Stitch, so the gap between the two double buttonhole stitches should be made a little wider.

Double Corded Brussels stitch is attached to the background of the fabric only at the edges of the shape. In the example below, a simple back stich outline is used, but this could be a cordonnet when making a needlelace slip.

For more background see the entry for single corded Brussels stitch.

Double corded Brussels stitch is generously sponsored by Dr Sue Venn

Method

It is very useful to work a sample to practice the stitch. Keep the tension as even as possible and try not to pull stitches too tightly or too loosely. You could use a tapestry needle or a mellor to adjust the tension as you form the rows of stitches. When the thread is not long enough for the next row, finish and start the thread at either the end of the row or the beginning of the new row.

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Double corded Brussels stitch method stage 1 photograph
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Work two buttonhole stitches at the top left-hand corner of the shape and leave a gap between the two double buttonhole stitches as for Double Brussels Stitch.

Double corded Brussels stitch method stage 2 photograph
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Attach the stitch to the right-hand side of the shape by whipping the edge.

Double corded Brussels stitch method stage 3 photograph
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Whip the side edge again to bring the needle just below the first row.

Double corded Brussels stitch method stage 4 photograph
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Pull the thread through to form a cord going across the shape as you do in Single Corded Brussels stitch. Whip down the left-hand side edge to bring the needle just below the cord.

Double corded Brussels stitch method stage 5 photograph
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Work another row of double buttonhole stitches from left to right, passing the needle through the loops between the two double buttonhole stitches of the previous row and the cord.

Double corded Brussels stitch method stage 6 photograph
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Form a cord again and continue to work rows of double buttonhole stitches until you fill the shape. On the final row, pass the needle through the loop, the cord and the bottom outer edge.

Double corded Brussels stitch method stage 7 photograph
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A complete Double Corded Brussels Stitch

Structure of stitch

Common uses

Embroidery Techniques

References