The Detached Buttonhole stitch is another wonderful three dimensional stitch that can add interest to any design. This stitch is often used in floral designs and on garments.
It is stitched in the same loop fashion as the Buttonhole stitch except that each stitch is worked through the prior row instead of through the fabric. The rows form a surface design that is secured at the foundation line and with an ending tack down stitch.
Watch the videos and follow these directions to perfect your Detached Buttonhole stitch.
- Start with either a single straight stitch or for a longer Detached Buttonhole, stitch a foundation line using a back or chain stitch.
- Work the foundation line right to left.
- At the end of the foundation line, re-enter the fabric from the backside on the left and a short distance below the foundation line.
- With the working thread positioned to the top of the foundation line, insert your needle through the left side of the foundation without piercing the fabric.
- Pull the needle through with the working thread beneath it to form a loop. Make a small open loop by not pulling so tight that you close it.
- Work across your foundation line, keeping the loops even.
- At the end of the foundation line, start the next row working to the right and into the loops between the stitches.
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- Work the Detached Buttonhole side to side to the desired length.
- At the end, bring your needle back through the fabric and tie it off.
- You can take additional tack down stitches as necessitated by the design.
- Create shapes in your design by making two loops in an end loop to increase the width of the design or by skipping an end loop to decrease the width.
- Work the final row with a tighter tension to create a finished edge.
- To avoid piercing your fabric or working threads, use a blunt tip needle such as a Tapestry needle.
- Use a firm thread so the full stitch can support itself.