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Extract from Whitework Embroidery • By Ayako Otsuka • Published by Search Press

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Whitework Embroidery
Pyramids are simply triangles composed of Hedebo buttonhole stitches. You can vary the size of the stitches or combine pyramids with buttonhole scallops to create more complex designs. Pyramids are commonly used on the edge of the fabric, but can also be incorporated as part of the open work. Use a tapestry or blunt-ended needle for this technique.

Posted by Search Press Published See Search Press's 235 projects » © 2020 Ayako Otsuka / Search Press · Reproduced with permission. · Whitework Embroidery ISBN: 9781782216896 RRP: £14.99 Publisher: Search Press Available from www.searchpress.com
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  • How to stitch . Pyramids - Step 1
    Step 1

    Start using a base of Hedebo buttonhole stitch - https://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/hedebo-embroidery

    Bring the needle out at the starting point, then insert the needle after the next stitch to the right.

  • How to stitch . Pyramids - Step 2
    Step 2

    Work Hedebo buttonhole stitch onto the base. Note: In the example photos, the thread is left loose to show it clearly, but tighten the thread when you stitch.

  • How to stitch . Pyramids - Step 3
    Step 3

    Work the desired quantity of Hedebo buttonhole stitches. Four stitches are shown in this example.

  • How to stitch . Pyramids - Step 4
    Step 4

    After working one row, go back to the first stitch and insert the needle from back to front.

  • How to stitch . Pyramids - Step 5
    Step 5

    Pull the thread so that it sits horizontally. Do not tighten it too much—it should not pull the ends of the row in.

  • How to stitch . Pyramids - Step 6
    Step 6

    Take the needle under the horizontal thread and the stitch next to the first one.

  • How to stitch . Pyramids - Step 7
    Step 7

    Work Hedebo buttonhole stitch to create the second row.

  • How to stitch . Pyramids - Step 8
    Step 8

    The second row should have one less stitch than the previous row. Three stitches are shown in this example.

  • How to stitch . Pyramids - Step 9
    Step 9

    Go back to the first stitch of the row and insert the needle from back to front.

  • How to stitch . Pyramids - Step 10
    Step 10

    Continue working one less Hedebo buttonhole stitch to complete each subsequent row. This will create the triangular shape.

  • How to stitch . Pyramids - Step 11
    Step 11

    To complete the last row, draw the thread upward and make the tip sharp.

  • How to stitch . Pyramids - Step 12
    Step 12

    Insert the needle through the rightmost stitch of the previous row, from back to front.

  • How to stitch . Pyramids - Step 13
    Step 13

    Insert the needle through the rightmost stitch one row lower, from back to front. Continue in this manner to stitch down row by row.

  • How to stitch . Pyramids - Step 14
    Step 14

    At the end, insert the needle at the base of the pyramid.

  • How to stitch . Pyramids - Step 15
    Step 15

    When you actually sew, remember to make the stitches tight, as shown here.

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