Sunday, February 28, 2010

Week 49 - Buttonhole Variation #2

First of all, I'd like to send out a big thank you to Leslie who inspired me with samples of her buttonhole variations - enough to keep us going for weeks!  Thank you Leslie!!

So, since we have already had a buttonhole variation I am calling this one Buttonhole Variation 2.  It is worked on a line which curves back and forth across the seamline.  The "legs" of the buttonhole are always on the outside of the curves in this variation.  I've included a couple photos below just by way of further explanation.

The first thing I did was to mark my line for stitching.  I used a votive candle for my curve template.

Work your buttonhole stitch as usual keeping the legs of the buttonhole on the outside of the curve.  You can find instructions for the basic buttonhole stitch in Sharon B's Stitch Dictionary here.

As you reach the seam line where your line curves to the other side switch around so that your buttonhole stitch is in the other direction, putting the legs (or arms?) on the outside of the new curve you are working on.  You can refer to the photo at the top of this post to see how it looks in the end.  Have fun with this one!

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