Sunday, 10 October 2010

Buttonhole Combo I


I have had the luxury of a day to stitch, so I have dived right into Sharon's Stitch Files. She has released Buttonhole Stitch, Herringbone and Backstitch. Right now I have decided that what really interests me is stitch combinations - taking one of the basic stitches and value-adding. I might occasionally use some small beads, but what I really want to do is seams, in stitches, without add-ons.

But my problem is that I am still using really basic versions of the first basic stitch, and relying on the later bits for the variety. So I thought this might make me seek a little more variety.

I use Buttonhole a lot, especially to edge the Apple Blossom Quilt blocks, but could use it more. So I tried Sharon's "double two-up, two-down", to give it a name. I am a bit short of unembellished seams at the minute, so my first attempt was across a large naked patch on the Pansy Vest. It suffered a bit in the centre, so next time I would lay down a chain first, and stitch either side.


This was the second attempt, where I actually found a naked seam.

It could be interesting to try offsetting the legs, so the short were opposite the long - could make it look a bit twisted.

And all this has made me rearrange my flickr photos. I now have sets on there for my combinations of Featherstitch (I like that one), Herringbone (I love that one, but need to scan more examples), and Buttonhole.


Blogger Nancilyn (Fiberdabbler) said...

I had such fun catching up with your blog and Flickr sites. Your wogga (I still want to do a similar project) and dragon vest continue to delight me -- like visiting friends you haven't seen in awhile.
Hugs & Warm Fuzzies

12:24 am  
Blogger shirley said...

Linda your work is amazing, I am so glad you are back stitching it would be a shame for you not to be doing your wonderful work

11:17 am  

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