This week’s stitch on the TAST 2013 challenge by SharonB is buttonhole bar. Sharon has mentioned this stitch is commonly used on needle . I have not tried that type of embroidery yet. Still this stitch seems interesting to work with. The stitch is simple but takes a while to work 4 inches, which is the width of my sampler. So I am working small bands. The sampler progress-

17.65.buttonhole bar-sampler1

17.65.buttonhole bar-sampler1

1.In the first sample, the bands are worked apart, then they are worked closer. In the next sample, they are worked in two heights and the last one is worked in two colours.

17.65.b.h. bar-1

17.65.b.h. bar-1

2.Another way of working with two threads is tried in the first sample. The buttonhole stitches are worked on the lower half of the straight stitches.

17.65.b.h.bar-2

17.65.b.h.bar-2

3.In the first sample, the buttonhole stitches are worked in one direction till the midpoint of the straight stitches and in opposite direction till the end of the stitches, thus to create a twist, which would have been visible if the straight stitches were longer. The second sample hve up and down buttonhole stitches worked on them.

17.65.b.h.bar-3

17.65.b.h.bar-3

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