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Drawn buttonhole stitch

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This pulled thread stitch uses blanket stitches to form strong diagonal lines.  The stitches are worked in diagonal rows of back to back pairs.

Drawn buttonhole stitch is generously sponsored by Jan Avent

Method

Work from top left to bottom right. When you reach the bottom right corner either work back up to the top left or turn the frame around and work the second row in the same way. Pull each stitch tightly.

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Bring up the needle through the fabric and insert the needle three fabric threads to the right.

2

Leave a loop on the surface of the fabric and bring the needle up three threads down inside the loop.

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Pull the thread through to work a blanket stitch and continue working stitches diagonally.

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Continue working the stitches three threads to the right and three threads down to form a diagonal line.

5

When you reach the bottom right corner, bring the needle up one thread down and insert it three threads to the left.

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Leave a loop on the surface of the fabric and bring the needle out three threads up (inside the loop) to form a mirror image blanket stitch.

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Continue in this way to work a second row, this time from bottom right to top left.

8

Work the next row from top left to bottom right. Bring the needle up six threads down. Share the same holes of the previous row when inserting the needle three threads to the right.

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The second row and the third row are facing each other.

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Continue in this way to fill the area.

Drawn buttonhole stitch

Embroidery Techniques

References

  • Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.23–4
  • Moyra McNeill, Drawn fabric (1984) , p.226