Eyelets – not my favorite!

Sometimes you have to use a stitch that doesn’t make your heart sing, because it fits. That’s the case here. I don’t know why I don’t particularly care for eyelets; I know some who absolutely love them. But there it is – eyelets fit, so eyelets it is.

For this color way I used Rainbow Gallery Silk Lame’ Braid SL92 Lite Lilac. The original color way used Access Commodities Trebizond #695 Persian Blue. Which ever color way you choose, you need a strong thread because an eyelet is a pulled stitch.

This diamond eyelet covers 12 canvas threads, and anchors the corners of the finished project.

You may want to slightly enlarge the shared center hole, because you want all of the stitches to lay around this center hole, not on top of each other or twisted. An eyelet should be a flat stitch.

Within a project, all eyelets should have a center hole about the same size. Don’t pull one a lot to make a big hole and the next one a little so it has a small hole. Try for consistency.

I anchored the thread with a pin stitch, placed where it would be covered by the stitch, not in the center of the stitch and not at an edge.

When you stitch an eyelet, the stitches all end in the same shared center hole. Pull slightly as you bring the needle up for the next stitch, to open the hole in the middle. If you pull when you are ending the stitch, you’ll open holes at the outside edges, and that’s not a good look. When you pull, hold the thread, not the needle, and pull close to the canvas, not up and down. If you don’t hold the thread when you pull you’ll weaken the thread and could possibly break the thread or the eye of the needle.

This is a symmetrical stitch, and can be stitched in any order, wherever you think the count is the easiest. You can also rotate the canvas as you stitch, and no one will ever know.

Stitch a diamond eyelet in each corner, counting carefully to make sure you’ve got them in the right spot. I don’t like to have elements that are out in space, but in this case it’s warranted.

Next, reverse eyelets!

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