Monday, 25 August 2014

TAST #126 - Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch

TAST (Take A Stitch Tuesday) stitch #126 has a long name - Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch, but it is an easy one.

I played around and found that it is hard to make it look neat and tidy on a curve, it resembles a crunched up barbed wire.
I also found that I have a tendency towards making the two arms V-shaped, but the upright ones look OK, too.

May I suggest that you:
1) go to Pintangle to learn this stitch
2) post a photo of the result on your own blog
3) leave a link to your blog post on the Comments form at Pintangle 
4) let others see your work and look at what they have made
5) have fun!

26 comments:

  1. I love this one - for me still to make - after service in the kitchen, ha!

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    1. Why not teach the grandkids how to cook and serve YOU a meal for once? Persuade them that you need to go and 'crunch up some barbed wire'!

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    2. Ha, that's it - a soft barbed wire for kids not to come near me!

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    3. still me.... by the way the 16-year old teeny does cooking with us - he is interested. Not so much in cleaning the house afterwards......ūüėĀ

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  2. This is one of my favourite stitches. And I like to swing those arms in all directions as well, although this time I kept them on the straight and narrow. Love all your variations.

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    1. I saw all the lovely variations on your blog; you turned them into fantastic plants in a previous TAST exercise. I am sorry I did not comment. Unfortunately it takes a long time and is rather complicated for me who has no Typepad account to leave a comment on your blog. Sorry!

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    1. Fortunately the thread is soft and you can't injure yourself on this 'peaceful wire'

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  4. Your barbed wire looks great! I also have the tendency to stitch a V-shape in up and down buttonhole. I think it doesn't matter (the 'normal' variation is a bit boring!), this way it is easy to tuck another stitch or a bead in the V!

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    1. A crazy quilter will appreciate the V-shape as, just as you say, it makes a lovely spot to add a bead or another stitch. Of course you can vary the length of each arm as well to add even more stitches at the tips of the arms. There are endless possibilities with this stitch.

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  5. lovely sampler, you are right about working this stitch on a curve

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  6. A gentle undulating curve would be OK, but to form a circle you need some kind of action plan and mark the fabric precisely beforehand.

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  7. The variegated thread is a nice effect.

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    1. Variegated thread adds a nice effect whatever the stitch! It is lovely to work with; you never really know what the result will be!

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  8. The v version is excellent for a bead. I think the stitch on a slight curve could look like a branch with twigs.

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    1. Yes, the key word is SLIGHT curve! Then it will look nice and 'organic'.

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  9. I love your barbed wire Queenie....Its a very playful stitch and I shall be using it in one of my workshops.....It will be interesting to see what my students come up with ! Pouring with rain here in the UK, It has been all day .....sigh.....................................
    hugs
    Chris Richards
    xx

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    1. The AUaDB stitch is inspiring and I am sure your students will come up with lots of interesting stitch ideas. Oh, I wish I could be one of the students at your workshop!
      Rain all day in Stockholm, too, and VERY cold.

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  10. so agree with the barbed wire, all looking good Queenie. So far behind but will one day catch up on the stitches. Have yet to understand how to leave links.

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    1. First you need to sort out your photos from the FOQ, then you need to start using your new purchases, and THEN you can start catching up on TAST.
      Leave a link? I do like this: 1) write and publish my blogpost 2) copy the http:// address of that blogpost 3) open up the relevant TAST page on Pintangle 4) scroll down to Comment 5) write a comment and then paste the http:// address I had copied earlier. Do you understand?

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  11. A nice stitch but you are right it does look like barbed wire!

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    1. Fortunately it is an absolutely harmless barbed wire - the thorns are soft to touch!

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  12. Thank you! I think the Beaded Up and Down Buttonhole stitches are easier to control!

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  13. This is a great stitch. It looks really wonderful in the variegated colors.

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    1. Isn't it funny how some stitches 'need' a variegated thread to stand out and shine?!

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