Embroidery Stitches for Raw Edge Appliqué – Buttonhole Stitch

February 14, 2016 at 7:17 pm | Posted in Embroidery | 1 Comment

As shown in my last post, I’ve been playing around with using different embroidery stitches for securing the raw edges of the reverse-appliquéd circles. The traditional method of doing this is using buttonhole stitch, so let’s start with this one.


Normal buttonhole stitch, simple and effective. But just by varying stitch length and the distance between stitches, we can get different effects:

Here the buttonhole stitches are arranged in groups of two:


Here they are spaced equally, but short and long stitches alternate:


And in the next two examples, both spacing and stitch length are varied for further effects:



What happens when we slant the stitches instead of keeping them perpendicular to the edge?


Another nice and easy to work variation!

I think that’s enough buttonhole stitch for the moment, but there’s more to come next time!


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