How many of us have stitched the sixth stitch for Mary Hurst - BUTTONHOLE FILLING?
I have done yards and yards of buttonhole on my hardanger projects and blanket stitched many sewing projects but have never used it as a filling stitch and I had totally the wrong idea of what was required for Mary Hurst. I was thinking detached buttonhole which is very different.
I am very grateful to Bethany Gallant for pointing me in the right direction. Being part of a stitching group means that there is always someone you know to turn to for help and guidance.
The diagram shows the stitch path for buttonhole stitch. Have a go practicing the stitch on your doodle cloth. If you haven't done this stitch before it may be easier to work it with a few gap threads in between until you feel comfortable
From the left I have started with some gap threads and then switched to stitching a buttonhole stitch over every thread. This is the buttonhole filling required for Mary worked in varying shapes.
Next I stitched two leaves (as I did with satin stitch a few days ago) and then I stitched it again and thought that the second pair sat a little better. On this one I turned my work around as I went and found it easier to maintain thread tension.
Bethany's photos of her Mary Hurst show how the buttonhole filing has been used to great effect.
I am going to spend some time between now and starting Mary practicing on my doodle cloth working the different shapes.
Mary Corbett has an excellent video tutorial for buttonhole/blanket stitch http://youtu.be/Wcf9iJHST94