Blackwork: A New Approach by Brenda Day

By Brenda Day

Eighteen tasks show the range and traditions, from sleek Arab-inspired styles to daring glossy types. hint blackwork’s evolution with pictures of vintage examples, and start the enjoyable job of embroidering your individual: the recommendations are effortless, the necessary gear minimum. Make such fabulous tasks as rose and tulip bookmarks, festive Christmas playing cards, a Celtic knot tray, and extra.

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Manual Buttonhole A basic buttonhole is a rectangle consisting of zigzag stitches. The long sides (beads), are made with a very narrow and short zigzag; the ends (bartacks), are made with a wide zigzag and 0mm stitch length. The manual buttonhole is found on most machines. Each of the four sides is made with a separate stitch on the pattern selection dial. The length and width will automatically adjust as you go through the sequence. You can make a standard box buttonhole with a manual buttonhole stitch in any length you like.

The manual buttonhole is found on most machines. Each of the four sides is made with a separate stitch on the pattern selection dial. The length and width will automatically adjust as you go through the sequence. You can make a standard box buttonhole with a manual buttonhole stitch in any length you like. ESSENTIAL FACTS Also known as Four-step buttonhole Key feature A basic buttonhole with each side a separate stitch Substitute stitch No substitute stitch Common uses Standard buttonholes on garments, accessories, and home décor projects Presser foot Manual buttonhole for buttonholes of any length; sliding manual buttonhole for buttonholes of up to 1⅛" (28mm) in length Fabric type All, appropriate for project Thread type Polyester in a matching or contrasting color, or novelty thread for buttonholes that are a design element Needle type Universal, size appropriate for fabric SEE ALSO Manual buttonhole foot HOW TO STITCH A MANUAL BUTTONHOLE 1 Position the buttonhole on the fabric and then mark it with chalk or a fabric marker.

Lower the presser foot. Stitch the seam, making sure to backstitch at the beginning and the end. 3 Press the seams open. SEE ALSO Stretch needles EXPERT TIP You may need to adjust to a slightly wider zigzag stitch for particularly stretchy knits, such as swimsuit fabrics. The wider the zigzag, the more stretch it has. However, if it is too wide, the stitches will show when the seam is pressed open. Always do a test stitch on a spare swatch of the fabric. HOW TO APPLIQUÉ USING ZIGZAG STITCH 1 Place the appliqué face up on the fabric it will be stitched to and pin it in place with the pins perpendicular to the fabric edge.

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