Buttonholed Herringbone Stitch

And an update on my armadillo…His head is finished.

armadillo headThis week’s stitch for Take a Stitch Tuesday was just perfect for his ears.  Buttonhole herringbone can be worked narrowly and that was needed for the not-so-big ears.  It also has a pretty reverse side which was important since both sides of the ears show.  Buttonholed herringbone is a composite stitch with a row of regular herringbone and then a row of buttonhole worked over the herringbone foundation.  It makes a cute scallop.

buttonholed herringboneI’ve used pearl cotton #5 in blue for the herringbone and Persian wool for the buttonhole.  The pink stitches don’t pierce the fabric at all.  They only go around the surface threads.

buttonholed herringbone2The reverse side is a simple pattern of straight stitches.

buttonholed herringbone reverseI laced them in the manner of laced backstitch.

reverse side lacedAnd then added beads.  The felt fabric is thick enough and the beading thread and needle fine enough that none of the stitches went through to the other side.

beaded armadillo earI put the TAST stitch side on the outside.

armadillo outer earAnd the beaded side on the inside.

armadillo inner earI can’t wait to see how next week’s stitch will fit in.  If it doesn’t, I’ll have to put my little fellow aside and that will make me sad.  I am enjoying working on him.

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5 Responses to Buttonholed Herringbone Stitch

  1. gonerustic says:

    So this is a kind of sampler bunny – I love that! =D

  2. Queeniepatch says:

    He is looking GREAT! You have made the most of the various TAST stitches. I, too, am looking forward to see what you will do with the next stitch.

  3. What an enchanting little face!

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