Tudor and Stuart Goldwork Masterclass – Month Four Stitches

Detached Buttonhole With Return

Detached Buttonhole With Return

While I continue to persevere with the silkwork, I am trying to keep up with the new stitches, practising on a separate cloth. In the case of the Detached Buttonhole stitch with Return, I think you can see that the fabric and the thread are not well matched, and so the structure is correct, but the appearance is not. The stitch should be much more closely worked, giving the impression of a fabric, not of a net.  It’s tricky to be sure that the gold thread doesn’t kink back on itself in working this stitch, although this may be easier when I’m working on the real thing, using a slate frame on a stand, and therefore have both hands free to control the thread!

Eight Spoked Wheel

Eight Spoked Wheel

This second stitch is an Eight Spoked Flat Spider’s Web. It is very similar to the one in last month’s pair of stitches, but uses a foundation composed of a cross and an upright cross. I suspect it will be rather more stable than the four-legged version.

These “spot” stitches may come in very handy when I start thinking about some elements of the Amarna Panels.

I’m using a single type of thread for all these practise stitches. I don’t want to confuse myself with problems that may relate to an unfamiliar thread when I am already dealing with unfamiliar stitches! Still, already when I look down the row of stitches I’ve already tried, I see ideas for further experiments and even for applications of the stitches. This is what I hoped for when I joined the course, so I’m very happy with how it is going!


  1. karen says:

    gold threads can be a real problem with ”kinks” you seem to have it well under control here though.

  2. Lady Fi says:

    What lovely work… so delicate. And I love the green and gold combination.

  3. Janice says:

    Yes, I can imagine the kinks in that detached buttonhole stitch. (Almost typed detached retina…) In its ‘netlike’ form might it be useful for your netting overlay on Armana?

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  5. Anita says:

    Hi Rachael,
    Your posts are really good.
    In Indian embroidery the detached buttonhole stitch with return is referred as net stitch.
    The stitch which you’d worked is net stitch – 2 and in net stitch- 1 the long straight stitch will not be worked,instead the detached buttonhole is worked from left to right in first and alternate rows and right to left in second and alternate rows.