Knotted Buttonhole Stitch

Here we are at the end of September, in week 39 of Take a Stitch Tuesday, a weekly embroidery challenge by Sharon at pintangle.  Trying not to run out of steam, I’ve started a small project that I can carry over for a few weeks adding the new challenge stitches until it is complete.  It’s a doll body; one of my spirit doll shapes.  The face is a 3D needle felted head that I’ve held onto for just the right occasion.  I’m hoping this will be that occasion.  The stitch is knotted buttonhole which is not surprisingly a variation of the regular buttonhole.  Here it is on a remnant of upholstery fabric with a detached chain stitch for embellishment.

I’ve basted around the edge of the doll pattern for guidelines to keep the stitches in bounds.  I stitched the dark blue row first.  It must have been later and darker than I thought last night by the time I got to the light blue row because now I can see that I’ve made a couple of errors.  Ooops!  Funny how a close up photograph zooms in on mistakes that I hadn’t noticed before.

I have just enough hand-made felt scraps left to make up a bunch of circles.  The first two are finished.  When I make more, they will be a bracelet or two perhaps.

I like the look of the knotted buttonhole on the edge of the felt.  This felt is so thick and luscious.   It makes a great base for a touch of embroidery.


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8 Responses to Knotted Buttonhole Stitch

  1. Jeannette says:

    Stitching the TAST challenges on your spirit doll’s body sounds like a neat idea. Looking forward to seeing the progression of stitches and you’re right, the knotted buttonhole looks very nice on the edges of your felt circles. Nicely done 🙂

  2. latha says:

    Nice !!!!! perfect stitches.

  3. Queeniepatch says:

    It is good to collect the stitches on a ‘sampler’ of any kind. Looking forward to seeing the completed doll.
    Yes, the close up of a photograph can be very revealing!

  4. gonerustic says:

    Love the way the stitching looks on the upholstery fabric background … and I only see beauty in this, not mistakes x

  5. Laurel says:

    I like the felting. They look like like comfy soft doorknobs.

  6. Linda says:

    Lucy, those little felt circles with your knotted buttonhole stitches are delightful!! I can see them used in many whimsical ways– flowers, wheels, toys… hmmm.

  7. crazyqstitcher says:

    I look forward to seeing more of your spirit doll. I like how you are using the background fabric to shape the stitching.

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