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Thursday, June 30, 2016


...well, the votes are in and all three of you voted for a little seam treatment series, so that's what I'll do.  For those of you who don't care about seam treatments, serves you right for not voting...hee hee!

This one can be worked either using waste canvas or 'by eye', depending on which you're most comfortable doing.  I began by doing two rows of buttonhole stitch (red in the diagram)...then I 'whipped' the base line of the buttonhole stitch with some gold (green in the diagram).  For the center part I wove silver and gold through the buttonhole stitches (blue & yellow in the diagram).  It's an easy one to do, but looks like braid when it's finished.  

Hopefully this little diagram will help make it clearer for you.

Today your quote is from Ralph Waldo Emerson (someone I would have loved to meet!)... "Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting"


  1. Wow! That was fast, I read about your question to show a tutorial and boom, it popped up. Thanks for being so quick.

  2. Great - like the colour coded diagram

  3. Another way to work this stitch is by using graph paper to space your buttonhole stitches. Cut a strip of the graph paper the width you want with the correct spacing - a kinds of sizes can be found online. You stitch over the graph paper and then you just pull out the strip. It works like a charm!

  4. I hope your postal strike doesn't happen!
    Your braid pattern looks great! Very useful idea, thank you.
    Barbara xx

  5. A very nice seam treatment with diagram. Very effective for a 'braid' look.

  6. Thanks for the Tut! and thank you Sara Aldrich for the tip!!
    xx, Carol

  7. WOWEE all of your seam treatments look like little works of art (I started at the top and kept going).
    One is lovelier than the next...
    it would be hard to pick a favorite.
    Happy to read you had a nice Canada Day.
    Thank you for the 4th of July wishes.
    It is HOT HOT HOT here in Virginia = feels like almost 38C/100F
    Happy July MA oxo


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