Saturday, 14 January 2012

TAST Challenge week 2 - Buttonhole stitch

So here we are, week 2 of the Pintangle "Take a stitch Tuesday" challenge. This week the stitch to be learned is Buttonhole stitch.

Once again, I have worked a tiny square of linen, 4.2cm x 6.3cm (1 5/8" x 2.5"), and tried to fit as many variations into the space as possible.

I think I have done quite well! You will see I have worked examples of the following stitches:

Buttonhole stitch: top row, with curved base; lower row, with straight base

Crossed Buttonhole

Closed Buttonhole

Buttonhole Wheel

Rosette of Thorns

Bonnet stitch

Up and Down Buttonhole

Feather stitch

Up and Down Feather

Closed Feather stitch

I have been very inspired by all the lovely work that has been produced so far; it is amazing how differently people can interpret and use such simple stitches! I love the beautiful simplicity of the work of Miriam at Borduurblog and Mon Paradis Mes Tresors. The colours of Luiz Vaz's work are strikingly beautiful and Marjolein's flowers make me very envious!


  1. Kirsty, very beautiful work and I love that you've featured each stitch. You've got variations I haven't seen before. The curved and straight combination is way cool!

  2. Your detailed explanations are very interesting. I did not know that so many sorts of buttonhole stitches exist.

  3. You practised a lot!
    I like especially your "rosette of thorns". I must keep that one in mind.
    Thank you for your nice comment on my blog and adding a link ;)

  4. Thanks so much for your lovely comment and for subbing to my blog.=) Love your teddies!

    The dragonfly in the blog header has wings that are made in a somewhat different way and I'll do a tute for them sometime over the next few months, but you certainly could do needlelace wings. Make sure and give me a heads up if you do so I can come and applaud your work!=)

  5. Thanks for all the detailed pictures of your work. Since I am a beginner, it helps me a great deal! Thanks

    1. It's lovely to hear that you found the pictures helpful, I've really enjoyed experimenting with these stitches. Good luck with your stitching. Kirsty


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