The closed buttonhole stitch is a spaced buttonhole stitch with pairs of stitches worked from the same hole, first left, and then right, to form a triangle. The triangle can be an equilateral triangle, with the top point centered over the base, or a right angle triangle, with the point either to the left or the right. This stitch is used for lines, embellishments on clothing and in crazy quilting. It can be used as an appliqué stitch, with the edge of the appliqué lined up to either the triangle points, or the straight line.
Here is another sample of the closed buttonhole stitch using a variegated thread. You can make the triangles slant right or left (or be centered). Also, they can be tall and skinny, close together, or far apart! Have fun making different sizes and shape and see what you like best for your project!
Hand embroidery is an easy project that you can take with you. All you need is some embroidery thread or floss, needle, embroidery scissors and a small hoop. To work on a project, you don’t need a hoop larger than your work, the hoops are easy to move on your fabric. Going on an airplane? Take a pair of kids rounded end scissors – they go through security just fine and work for cutting your threads.
Learn more about the buttonhole stitch. Check out all of the embroidery tutorials on Create Whimsy!