The stitch of the week is an interesting border or edging stitch known as the crossed buttonhole stitch.
It gets its name from the cross stitch-like pattern created when working the stitch, and is a beautiful accent to a cross stitch or hand embroidery project when worked as a band, or to secure appliques in place on a project. It can be worked free-style on the surface of your embroidery fabric, or as a counted stitch as shown here, to ensure accurate spacing.
You can find directions for this pretty stitch, or learn to work other hand embroidery stitches, in the Alphabetical Stitch List. To see the other stitches that have been featured here in the blog, check out the Stitch of the Week Chronological List.