Here is your last lesson of historic stitches, well for the time being at least.
We are looking at a stitch in one of the most controversial stitch families, Tailor's Buttonhole Stitch of the Buttonhole-Blanket Clan.
For further reading about the Buttonhole and Blanket stitches, how they differ and how their names cause so many discussions, please check out Mary Corbet's article at Needle 'n Thread.
(My impression is that on a hand hemmed blanket, where the space between the bars are wide, the stitch might be called Blanket Stitch.
The same stitch, worked tightly together, just like the enforcement stitching around a buttonhole would be Buttonhole Stitch, ...
Now, let's focus on the Tailor's Buttonhole Stitch.
French names: point de feston tailleur or point de boutonnière.
I have had a look at several of my stitch dictionaries and found various alternatives.
First out is
Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches
The Embroidery Stitch Bible
teaches this method
Reader's Digest Complete Book of Embroidery
the knotted edge is very pretty
Japanese book called Shishu (刺しゅう)
Another Japanese book, Kiso-no-stechi, (基礎のステッチ) (Basic Stitches)
- Four of them are worked from left to right, only the blue is worked right to left.
- Two of them have the knots at the bottom, three at the top
- In the first three you stitch towards you, in the two Japanese stitches (the last two) the needle is inserted away from you
- In the red stitch the knots have a nice knitted look
So the HOMEWORK will be to:
Try them all out
Pick a favorite
Work a row on the Aida sampler
Fill in a square on the Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart
Make a couple of button holes or
Play around with free form embroidery