Buttonhole (Variation 1)

Structural Category

Knotted

Specific Usage

Surface

Other Names

Phanda Knot; Phunda

Comments

This stitch can be used to make very small knotted structures. The knot on the item examined is 1/8".

Diagrams

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The first Straight stitch anchors the thread and establishes the baseline. Then come up at A. Enter the fabric at B and come up at C to make a diagonal stitch on the face and a vertical stitch on the reverse.

Pass the needle under AB without going into the fabric.

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The needle enters the fabric at D, which is under B halfway to the baseline, and comes out at C. Do not pull through. Pass the working thread over then under the point of the needle and pull through.

The needle enters the fabric at D and up at E one thread above C. Do not pull through. Pass the working thread under the needle from left to right and pull the needle through.

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The needle enters the fabric at F, one thread above E, and comes out at D.

Pass the needle under AB without going through the fabric. Go to the reverse at G on the base line. Repeat Steps 1-6 omitting the anchoring straight stitch.

Diagram source: Noreen Havens, reprinted by permission.



Bibliographic Sources

Paine, Sheila. Chikan Embroidery, The Floral Whitework of India, p. 39.