Last week's unsuccessful keyhole on the left.
This week's on the right, and this time it WAS stitched in the right direction. It is just slightly more tidy than the first attempt, and once again the light gray gimp shows through the stitches.
I then made a third buttonhole, using felt, so there was no need to worry about fraying.
What have I learned?
- Practice, and you will improve.
- Get into a rhythm and don't stop once you have started stitching. This is the best way to make even-ish stitches.
- Make sure the gimp and buttonhole silk match the fabric (unless you want a contrasting look).
- Use a generous length of thread. To cast on the thread you need to have enough thread to maneuver.
- It was worth repeating the lesson.