The Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch is #40 on my journey to do an embroidery sampler with 100+ embroidery stitches. I’m finding that I’m now getting into stitches that are not as common, and I’m really having fun learning them! This took me a few tries to get it, but love it! I love the little knots that form at the base of the stitch.
The up and down buttonhole stitch is a variation of the basic buttonhole stitch or blanket stitch and forms a scallop-like edge with the little knot that forms at the base of the stitch. It is also known as the Mirrored embroidery stitch.
Start by sewing down into your line, looping the thread under the needle.
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Then, stitch up and loop the thread around the top of the needle, in the same stitches.
This is the part that took me several stitches to get the hang of – pull the stitch down to the stitch line to form a knot at the base of the stitch.
Pull the thread tight along the stitch line. This forms a nice little knot and a scallop edge to the stitch.
Here is another set of how the up and down buttonhole stitch is worked. Start with a stitch down to the line, looping the thread under the needle.
Stitch back up on the same stitch holes, looping the thread around the tip of the needle, again.
Bring the needle down, pulling the looped thread down to the base of the stitch, forming a knot.
Pull taut, but not too tight, to form the base of the up and down buttonhole stitch.
Here is the finished 4″ sample of the up and down buttonhole stitch. I can see so many uses for it! It will be great not only for edging and applique, but I like the little scallop to make my own trim for garments or quilts.
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