The up and down buttonhole stitch is a perfect edge or border stitch for garments and linens. It is a variation of the basic buttonhole stitch or blanket stitch. The two stitches form a scallop-like edge with a little knot that forms at the base of the stitch. It is also known as the mirrored embroidery stitch, the mirrored blanket stitch or the mirrored buttonhole stitch.
This stitch is great on all types of fabrics. Select an appropriate thread and needle for the fabric. You can use six-strand embroidery floss with all six-strands for a light weight or loosely woven fabric. Or use two-strands with finer fabrics. I’ve used size 8 perle cotton for the sampler.
This stitch is worked left to right along a line. The line can be straight as I’ve done in the sampler, or curved – even in a circle! Vary the length of the legs of the stitch for different looks.
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What are other variations of the buttonhole stitch?
The basic buttonhole stitch can be switched up with changing the spacing between the stitches and the height of the stitches.
The closed buttonhole stitch is another variation of the buttonhole stitch.
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