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Stitch of the Week - Crossed Buttonhole

By November 9, 2012

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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.


November 10, 2012 at 12:16 pm
(1) cathartes says:

It’s great to see how it’s made. I stitched a sampler that had this on the pattern. But a drawn pattern is not the same as knowing the name or knowing how to stitch it. I just made crosses and went back with a backstitch under it. Not nearly as pretty as this.

November 13, 2012 at 6:46 am
(2) Beth Peterson says:

Thank you for the compilation of featured stitches!! I’d forgotten a couple of them that I’d wanted to try, and you’ve got my stitching juices running all over again!! Bookmarking the pages so I don’t lose them again! :D

November 13, 2012 at 10:21 am
(3) embroidery says:

Thanks, Beth! I hope you enjoy them.

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