The Crossed Buttonhole Stitch is a variation of the standard buttonhole stitch, a common surface embroidery or edging 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 embroidery project.
The crossed buttonhole stitch, like the blanket stitch, is a versatile stitch than can be worked free-hand on the surface or counted, to ensure accurate spacing. Work the design along a hemmed edge, to outline a shape or create a decorative band.
To work the stitch, work from right to left using your favorite embroidery thread: Bring the needle up through the fabric near the left edge. Insert the tip of the needle into the fabric slightly above the originating hole, looping the working thread behind the tip of the needle (the needle will be slanted diagonally to the left). Pull the needle through the fabric and insert the tip of the needle to the upper right, an equal distance to the originating hole as with the first part of the stitch (the needle will be slanting to the right). This produces a crossed stitch.
Repeat to the end of the row.
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