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Comment by Lorelei Halley on April 5, 2011 at 4:19pm
Last year I made a sampler showing the same problem you have in the blue section on the right -- the outer edge nipped in, instead of staying straight.  Our experts told me to pull the cordonnet/outline hard as I was couching it down to the scaffold/sandwich, and to keep my couching stitches about 2-3mm apart -- 1/8 inch.  Also plain buttonhole stitch is one that is especially difficult to do well, because successive rows tend to curl up.  Corded buttonhole (corded Brussels) is actually a lot easier, and is used more often in historic laces.  Try some corded or whipped buttonhole and you will find them a lot easier.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on April 4, 2011 at 1:19am
Plain buttonhole stitch is actually quite difficult to do well.  The concept is easy enough, but getting the tension right is really a struggle.  I see single, double and treble Brussels.

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