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Button-hole

and

Border

Stitches

covering of raw edges, the outlining of applique forms,

working of flowers or leaves. The direction, spacing and grouping of the stitch may be arranged to suit the work and curved lines may be followed with the utmost facility. Indeed, the interesting variations and combinations which may be obtained by an ingenious worker are or

the

endless.

There are two ways of working the

stitch,

single

button-hole (Fig. ioa), and double or tailor's

button-hole

;

the former,

when

worked with rather a wide space between each stitch, is generally

known

as blanket stitch.

gives a corner will

also

make

for

a suitable finish

heading to the neck of blouse

;

it

may

ioa

Fig.

a border, which

a dress

or or

be spaced in various

ways, worked in slanting lines, or with stitches of equal lengths, worked over threads or narrow braids of a different colour or tone.

heading forms a close

When

line, it is

Fig.

ioa.

the

usually considered as a

Plate I. shows two lines of buttonworked in groups of three, in orange wool, between two rows of chequered chain stitch, where they serve to connect the broad bands of orange which

button-hole stitch.

holing

surround the border of the runner. For the making of an actual button-hole, or where a firmer and more decorative heading is wanted, it is better to use the variety

known 57

as tailor's button-hole,

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