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I learned to embroider when I was a kid, when everyone was really into cross stitch (remember the '80s?). Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on...read more

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Up & Down Buttonhole Stitch Video


The up & down buttonhole stitch is a variation on regular buttonhole or blanket stitch. Up & down buttonhole creates a scalloped-looking line of buttonhole stitches, with two stitches tied together and locked down with a loop.

Up & Down Buttonhole Stitch

Up & down buttonhole stitch is a fun line stitch to work, and once you get the hang of how the stitch is made, you’ll find that it works up very quickly! In the photo above, you can see two lines of up & down buttonhole stitch – it creates a very pretty band stitch that can be used as an edge or border. The stitch works well around gentle curves and circles, too – play with it, to see what you can do with it! Pretty much anything you can do with a buttonhole stitch, you can do with this stitch.

Here’s the video for the up & down buttonhole stitch.

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If you’re looking for more embroidery stitch instructions, feel free to take a look at my collection of hand embroidery stitch videos here on Needle ‘n Thread!

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  1. You always surprise us =) Thank you!

    PS.You often work with this type of thread and I always forget what it’s called? Please

  2. Hi Mary,
    I had patchwork appliqued circles which I embroidered with feather stitich because I though blanket stitch would be too square & rigid. Next time or somewhere else I’ll use this stitch as its scallop effect I like.
    Thank you for this.

  3. Desde que descubrí esta pagina sigo los tutoriales para mis trabajos de bordados estoy fascinada. mi herramientas favoritas son las tijeras, para cada trabajo tengo unas la verdad me encanta coleccionar al igual que las agujas. Los bordados son par mi mejor terapia y conducto para las relaciones sociales. Blanca iris Rincon. Duitama Boyacà Colombia.

  4. OI MARY tudo bem ?
    AMEI OS SEUS BORDADOS,E TAMBÉM A SUA HISTORIA DE VIDA,sempre sonhei em bordar,mas nunca entrei numa escola de bordados. No momento estou cursando teologia na faculdade ,mas a sua historia me impactou, pois quanto mais eu pego na agulha , mais tenho vontade de criar bordados diferentes,assim como você disse.Que Deus a recompense por este maravilhoso trabalho que vem fazendo, e também por poder proporcionar a outros a possibilidade de aprender através de seus videos. Um abração .

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