The Right Stitch

Lynn Schoeffler © 2005

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In my never ending quest for the “right” stitch for my current CQ project, I started searching through my various stitch collection books, quilting magazines, and the huge resource binder I maintain. After an hour’s browsing, with frequent stops to enjoy the pictures, I came across Christine Dabb’s illustration for the Knotted Buttonhole Stitch. I always practice a new stitch before committing it to my work: Here are the photos of the original stitch as worked.

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As I practiced, I noticed that if I drew the knot to the top of the stitch, a nice loop was formed. As you work this variation, take a very small stitch at b (photo 5). Form the knot (photo 6).

Picture 5 

Picture 6

Pull the knot snug toward the top of stitch b (photo 7). The finished row of knots and loops (photo 8).

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Now, with beads! String the bead on your thread before you start to form the knot (photo 9).

Photo 9 illustrates the stitch being formed with a bead. Photo 10 shows a finished row of knots with beads. You may not want to use this variation when your line of stitching is diagonal—the beads will all slide downward. Ask me how I know this (photo 10).

Picture 9 

Picture 10 

Picture 11 
Photo 11 demonstrates a row of knots with the thread that forms the
loop pulled snugly to hold the bead closer to the fabric. 
This is what finally ended up on my piece: A row of knots and loops, with beads centered in each loop (photo 12). 
Picture 12 

A Note About the Author:

Hi, I’m Lynn Schoeffler, and I live in Southern California, struggling madly every day to find time for CQ. In my enthusiasm to share with and contribute to the online body of CQ knowledge, I am learning to work a digital camera and more computer programs than I ever wanted to know about. Though I love every form of needlework, I’m firmly convinced that “computers are very dangerous and home to pixies and goblins and every manner of unseelie creature…” Charles de Lint 2003.

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