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Treble corded Brussels stitch

Treble Corded Brussels Stitch is a needlelace stitch consisting of detached butthonhole stitches worked over a pre-existing outline. It is similar to double corded Brussels stitch, but three buttonhole stitches are worked instead of two.

Treble corded Brussels stitch is attached to the background fabric only at the edges. In the example below, a simple back stitch 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.

Treble corded Brussels stitch is generously sponsored by Stephanie Walters


It is very useful to work a sample to practise the stitch. Keep the tension as even as possible and try not to pull the 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.


Work three buttonhole stitches at the top left-hand corner of the shape and leave a gap between the two triple buttonhole stitches as for Treble Brussels stitch.


Attach the stitch to the right-hand side of the shape by whipping the edge.


Whip the side edge again to bring the needle just below the first row.


Pull the thread through to form a cord going across the shape as you do in Single Corded Brussels Stitch and Double Corded Brussels Stitch. Whip down the left-hand side edge to bring the needle just below the cord.


Work another row of triple buttonhole stitches from left to right, passing the needle through the loops between the two triple buttonhole stiches of the previous row and the cord.


Continue to work rows of triple buttonhole stitches until you fill the shape.


On the final row, pass the needle through the loop, the cord and the bottom outer edge.


A complete Treble corded Brussels stitch

Treble corded Brussels stitch

Embroidery Techniques


  • Alexandra Stillwell, Cassell illustrated dictionary of lacemaking (1996) , p.130-1