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Creative Embroidery; Open Buttonhole Stitch for Trimming

I like to experiment with embroidery stitches on items I make for my children and grandchildren. Lately, I've been using an open buttonhole stitch on doll clothes -- along the hems of the skirt and edges of the sleeves.

Method:

I proceed as if I am making a buttonhole stitch along the folded edge. Raggedy Ann

But, I do not pull the thread tight; instead I leave about 1/4 inch of loop, and then take one small plain overlapping stitch at the base of the buttonhole stitch to anchor the loop, and I pull that tight.

I keep the open buttonhole stitches spaced about 1/4 inch apart.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words of description I am including a photo here of a doll dress decorated in this stitch.

Mostly I use 6-strand embroidery floss in either a contrasting color to the material or closely matching a color in the material. I like the brighter floss for the doll clothes.

I also use this open buttonhole stitch to edge place mats, table runners, collars on blouses, and the lower edges of sleeves on short sleeve blouses!

article and photo credit Susan Kramer, guest writer

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