Attention: This is a long post with many pictures!
Here is your last lesson of historic stitches, well for the time being at least.
We are looking at a stitch in one of the most controversial stitch families, Tailor's Buttonhole Stitch of the Buttonhole-Blanket Clan.
For further reading about the Buttonhole and Blanket stitches, how they differ and how their names cause so many discussions, please check out Mary Corbet's article at Needle 'n Thread.
(My impression is that on a hand hemmed blanket, where the space between the bars is wide, the stitch might be called Blanket Stitch.
The same stitch, worked tightly together, just like the enforcement stitching around a buttonhole would be Buttonhole Stitch, ...
BUT for embroidery I use the term Buttonhole Stitch whatever the spacing!)
Now, let's focus on the Tailor's Buttonhole Stitch.
French names: point de feston tailleur or point de boutonnière.
I have had a look at several of my stitch dictionaries and found various alternatives.
These five books contain five different directions for the stitch, sometimes resulting in the same look, sometimes with a totally different appearance.
First out is
Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches
The Embroidery Stitch Bible
teaches this method
Reader's Digest Complete Book of Embroidery
the knotted edge is very pretty
Japanese book called Shishu (刺しゅう)
Another Japanese book, Kiso-no-stechi, (基礎のステッチ) (Basic Stitches)
Four of them are worked from left to right, only the blue is worked right to left.
Two of them have the knots at the bottom, three at the top
In the first three you stitch towards you, in the two Japanese stitches (the last two) the needle is inserted away from you
In the red stitch the knots have a nice knitted look
So the HOMEWORK will be to:
Try them all out
Pick a favorite
Work a row on the Aida sampler
Fill in a square on the Sunday Stitch School Reference Chart
I first made a blank block of light purple pieces, ribbon, ric-rac and a tufty braid that I injected in a seam in four arches.
I basted some waste fabric along the edges so that the block will sit nicely in a hoop.
The ric-rac was fastened with Buttonholed Fly Stitch.
With minty green silk thread I made a woven circle. This will be framed and decorated further.
I followed the instructions for this 'visible mending' in a most magnificent book by Elizabeth Healey.
'Stitch, Fabric & Thread' is jam-packed with ideas and how-tos, it is a most inspirational book with excellent instructions. Many of Elizabeth Healey's ideas will find their way into this Crazy for Crazy quilt.
Apart from teaching a lot of practical things, the book contains a wealth of information about each technique. E.g. there are six pages on Mola and while making the Mola bag, I not only learned how to do the reverse appliqué and an alternative in felt, but also found out a lot about the Cuna Indians and their situation.
The purple flower is a cut-out from a piece of lace. So far I have only added a few green stitches, there will be beads added at a later stage.
A spray of Feather Stitch is the foundation to a sprig of flowers.