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Whitework Embroidery
This is a simple but effective method for stitching edges. The buttonhole scallop can also be used to edge open work. It is a versatile stitch as you can layer a few rows or add picots. Use a tapestry or blunt-ended needle for this technique.

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  • How to stitch . Buttonhole Scallop - Step 1
    Step 1

    First Row

    Using a base of Hedebo buttonhole stitch, insert the needle from the wrong side into the stitched fold, and bring it out on the right side at the edge of the fabric fold.

  • How to stitch . Buttonhole Scallop - Step 2
    Step 2

    Moving five stitches along, insert the needle into the stitching from the back to front.

  • How to stitch . Buttonhole Scallop - Step 3
    Step 3

    Pull the thread length to make an arc, then bring the needle out from the wrong side where you came out the first time.

  • How to stitch . Buttonhole Scallop - Step 4
    Step 4

    Repeat steps 2 and 3 to build up an arc with four stitches, all of the same length. Make the arc a little smaller than the size of scallop you want to make.

  • How to stitch . Buttonhole Scallop - Step 5
    Step 5

    Next, you’ll work Hedebo buttonhole stitch around the arc. Insert the needle through the arc from back to front.

  • How to stitch . Buttonhole Scallop - Step 6
    Step 6

    Pull the needle through, leaving a small loop. Insert the needle through the loop from back to front.

  • How to stitch . Buttonhole Scallop - Step 7
    Step 7

    Pull the thread toward the left and tighten. One Hedebo buttonhole stitch is complete.

  • How to stitch . Buttonhole Scallop - Step 8
    Step 8

    Continue to work Hedebo buttonhole stitch around the arc.

  • How to stitch . Buttonhole Scallop - Step 9
    Step 9

    Fill the arc with stitches. When you reach the end, insert the needle at the base of the arc from back to front.

  • How to stitch . Buttonhole Scallop - Step 10
    Step 10

    Work one more Hedebo buttonhole stitch.

  • How to stitch . Buttonhole Scallop - Step 11
    Step 11

    One buttonhole scallop is complete. To start the next scallop, insert the needle into the next stitch of the base from back to front.

  • How to stitch . Buttonhole Scallop - Step 12
    Step 12

    Moving five stitches along, insert the needle into the stitching from back to front.

  • How to stitch . Buttonhole Scallop - Step 13
    Step 13

    Create an arc of four threads and adjust it to make the same size as the inside of the first scallop. This will ensure that the finished buttonhole scallops are equal in size.

  • How to stitch . Buttonhole Scallop - Step 14
    Step 14

    Repeat steps 5–7 to work Hedebo buttonhole stitch.

  • How to stitch . Buttonhole Scallop - Step 15
    Step 15

    Continue working Hedebo buttonhole stitch around the arc, or stop halfway and continue with step 16 to add an additional row.

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