Here's Lady Jane in her partially finished dress. The bits that are filled are done with perle cotton couched with every-day DMC. I think it looks rather cool.
Have never done detached buttonhole before, but it doesn't seem like it should be hard. I've certainly done enough normal buttonhole stitch on crewel projects.
Except that the stitch instructions provided with Jane Turner say that TWO foundation threads should be laid for each row, and the stitching is to be done left-to-right in the first row, then right-to-left in the second, then left-to-right and so forth.
Each and every tutorial I've found online calls for ONE foundation thread for each row, and each row to be worked in the same direction (I think they all call for stitching left-to-right).
I will be using my doodle cloth to ... um ... audition both versions - though I do sort of resent the time it will take to lay TWO chain stitch rectangles and work blocks of the stitch in both methods since it won't be actual progress on the real sampler.
What would you do?
Execute the stitch as instructed in the directions? Or using the (likely more consistent looking) method found in online tutorials from Tricia Nguyen, Mary Corbet and others? My Jane is an adaptation rather than a reproduction at this point as there have been any number of changes (both intentional and unintended), so authenticity is hardly the issue.
I welcome your thoughts!