Buttonholes and Blankets

It was Craft Club afternoon with my WI on Friday, we usually just take our own projects and enjoy stitching and chatting with of course a cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake. I decided to start another page of my stitch journal. I’m working my way through the TAST list of 100 stitches on Pin Tangle (Take a Stitch Tuesday)  but I stitching them in groups and adding a few extra as I come across them.

My first two pages were fly stitch and feather stitch, number 2 on the TAST list is buttonhole, so that’s what I’m stitching now. There are LOTS of types of buttonhole stitch so I’m doing a double page spread. I’ve always called the basic one blanket stitch so I’ve embroidered both names at the top of the two pages.

I’m using one of the DMC Colaris threads for this page, 4523. It’s very pretty with shades of powder blue, lilac, taupe and cream. It’s interesting seeing how the different threads sew as this one seems to have very sudden colour changes, it almost looks striped!

I started off with basic buttonhole and then stitched three different variations of stitch height and base line and three buttonhole stitch hearts. My favourite is the third one with the second row of stitches underneath.

Having filled nearly half a page with variations on the basic stitch, I thought I’d better start stitching some of the other buttonhole stitches so we have…

  • Triangular, I quite like this one, simple but effective.
  • Crossed, I stitched two variations on this row with even crosses first and a long and a short one second.
  • Up and Down, it took me a bit to get my head round this one, there are several different variations too, but this is the basic one.
  • Top Knotted, I struggled with this one, I started off with one loop to make the knot (a bit like a french knot) but that didn’t show up much and they kept disappearing down the hole!, the middle ones are with three loops and the end is with two loops. I found it hard to make it look neat, not so keen on this stitch!
  • Alternating Up and Down, took me even longer to get my head round this one!!
  • Interlaced Up and Down, I like this one, maybe I was finally getting the hang of the stitch, but you basically stitch the top row and then turn your work round to work the lower row, weaving in with the top row as you go. I think this was easier because you are always doing the same movement, not having to reverse it to stitch the opposite way.

So that’s the first page of buttonhole and there is still another 7 more TAST stitches plus a couple of others to go on the second page!

As it happens I’ve been using buttonhole stitch on my flower lattice too this week. I’ve managed to really crack on with it so I’ll have lots to show you next Sunday with the Stitch-a-long, but here’s a little peep of some buttonhole on a stumpwork leaf, just to whet your appetite!!

Last week I showed you my travelling sketchbook with all it’s beautiful entries, well most of the books are now photographed and on the Skipton Embroiderers Guild website, follow the links for the two posts of photos to see lots of amazing entries. Click here for post one or post two.

I’m linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, why not follow the link and see what everyone else is stitching.

Stitch Sampler  buttonhole

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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11 Responses to Buttonholes and Blankets

  1. katechiconi says:

    Who knew there were so many variants! Great choice of thread too, I love the variation it gives.

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  2. CathieJ says:

    I love that Buttonhole page. I didn’t realize that there were so many ways to do that stitch.

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  3. claire93 says:

    another lovely, educational page!

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  4. I had no idea there were so many variations on these stitches!
    That variegated thread does have dramatic colour changes!
    Thanks for linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching!

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  5. Gail says:

    Those are such fun variations on a theme. I will be trying some of those out on my next project!


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  6. KerryCan says:

    I love this project of yours! The stitches are so beautiful, I’d love to try them all someday!

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  7. Sarah says:

    This is a fabulous project. Your stitching is really beautiful! Nice scissor attachment, is it a kit?

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  8. mandycurrie says:

    I am so impressed with your blog, I’ve been thinking of starting one for ages, then keep thinking that maybe I wouldn’t be able to keep it interesting. I love your stitch journal and would like to know measurements and a how to do it, if possible. I’d love to make a book. TAST is another thing I’ve promised myself. Unfortunately I’ve been ill and seem to keep putting barriers in my own way. You are so lucky to live in Yorkshire, there’s so much (as far as embroidery, etc) going on up North. I’m down in Surrey and can’t find a group near me, not even a Quilter’s Group. Please keep up your beautiful stitching, I will follow with interest and read previous pages too. Kind regards Mandy


    • craftycreeky says:

      Thank you so much Mandy, I’m basing my book on the textile books Maya Matthew makes, she’s got a tutorial on her blog Million Little Stitches. I’ll be posting about how I’m putting it together as I go a long (and figure it out!!) Have you tried Embroiderers Guild, there seems to be a few in Surrey but it depends where abouts you are.


  9. kathyreeves says:

    Buttonhole is a favorite stitch of mine, love these variations and your thread….AGAIN!!!😃


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