Embroidery Stitches for Raw Edge Appliqué – Buttonhole Stitch

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

rainbow_buttonhole

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:

rainbow_buttonhole_spaced

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

rainbow_buttonhole_short_long2

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

rainbow_buttonhole_short_long

rainbow_buttonhole_short_long3

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

rainbow_buttonhole_slanted

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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