Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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buttonhole stitch

An embroidery stitch used in making aHEADBAND , and executed by drawing the needle and thread from the upper through the lower edge of the core, and out over the lower thread of the preceding stitch. The stitches are repeated, sometimes in alternate colors, e.g., blue and green, to form a firm line of adjacent loops around the core. (83 , 111 )

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