Sunday, 2 July 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 27: Buttonholed Buttonhole Stitch

Welcome to a new term at Sunday Stitch School. Last term we covered A-Z of stitches.

Today we will start the lesson in the library. I have a pile of books I want to introduce you to:
戸塚刺しゅうステッチBOOK/Totsuka Embroidery Stitch Book

Sadako Totsuka of Totsuka Stitch Institute has published many books on embroidery. Although all of them are written in Japanese, they are clearly illustrated. You don't need to read any instructions, looking is enough.

As you can see Book #1 is about the Basic embroidery stitches, but the remaining books feature  arrangements and varieties of these basic stitches.

Book #2 is all about Buttonhole stitches. On page 35 there is a nice arrangement where every other leg of the Buttonhole Stitch has been buttonholed.

This will be the Stitch of the week for Sunday Stitch School.

Work it like this:

Start with a Straight Stitch,

and continue as you would with a Buttonhole Stitch.

Then add Buttonhole stitches to the leg

while making sure you only work the thread and not catch any of the fabric.

Anchor the stitches at the top.
Come out again at the bottom 

and make two more Buttonhole legs,
one bare and one buttonholed,

until you have a nice row of stitches.
 Anchor the last leg at the bottom.

Sadly there are no names for these arranged and altered stitches in Ms Totsuka's books, although they each have a number.
This is #36, and I will take the liberty of giving it a nickname:  Buttonholed Buttonhole Stitch. Please note this is not an official name, but MY naming of variation #36.
A direct translation into Swedish would be Langetterad Langett.
Mattia suggests Point de grébiche festonné as a French name.

Make a row of stitches (with long and short legs, if you wish) on your Aida sampler.

Finally I would like to point out that the reason I established this Sunday Stitch School is to discipline myself into trying out unknown stitches. I post these lessons and set the homework for myself. Anyone who wants to join in and try out a new stitch is welcome to do so. I hope you will enjoy the lessons.


  1. this is a completely new stitch to me very attractive looking will be using this on my crazy work. Heard yesterday Sharon`s new book is non the way to me can`t wait to get it

    1. Margaret, it is an EASY stitch and quick. Do give it a try. Yes, Sharon's book seems to be a great success. I hope your copy comes soon.

  2. Yesterday I noticed my daughter has a baggy of embroidery floss. Hmm, maybe I need to get involved?

    1. You don't need to ENROLL in school, but for your alphabet quilts or I-Spy quilts a bit of embroidery a few simple stitches might be useful. If your daughter is willing to share her floss with you, why don't you give some stitches a try. This one is easy and fun.

  3. What a lovely stitch, my friend! Thank you for explaining it so clear!

  4. Another interesting stitch! I love the colours you've used on your pretty sampler.
    Barbara x

  5. That's a charming little stitch. I wonder what I will find to do with it!

    1. It would make a lovely tiara, especially if you use metallic thread or add beads. In free form wouldn't it make interesting underwater plants... I think there are many ways to use this stitch.

  6. Buttonholed Buttonhole Stitch looks like a fitting name for this stitch! It looks like a fun one, too. I love your sampler.

    1. At least you know what elements are in it! Fun, oh, yes, and easy!

  7. What fun, to go through a stack of embroidery stitch books. I'm always in for that.
    I think #36 is a great filler stitch adding texture, it could be used in a single line or
    staggered in a group for a pattern effect.
    Many possibilities.

    1. Yes, endless possibilities. It works well on a curve, too, and would make interesting plants and insects in free style embroidery.

  8. Je dirais en français :
    point de grébiche festonné
    mais il n'y a rien d'officiel
    j'aime tous ces nouveaux points
    c'est très intéressant
    Merci beaucoup

    1. Thank you for your contribution. I will update the blog post with your French name.

  9. Such a pretty buttonhole variation! I whish there were more hours in the day!

    1. The stitch is patient and can stand in queue together with other Not-Yet-Tried-Stitches.

  10. Replies
    1. I'm glad you think so. at least it tells you it is a Buttonhole Stitch with added Buttonhole stitches somewhere!


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