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Buttonhole Scallops

Buttonhole Scallops

Description:  Buttonhole Scallops were a mounting process commonly used in the early 1900¬ís. So this technique is considered a vintage design.

Scallops form a very attractive finished edge, along the top of items like curtains and wall hangings. Table decorations such as place mats can also feature these knots.

They are often used in combination with other knots, such as the Double Half Hitch used in the directions on this page.

The primary decorative knot used to make scallops is the Vertical Larks Head.

Make sure you know how to tie these knots and Double Half Hitches, before you get started.  Click on the links to go to those pages.

You need 3 cords to practice making Buttonhole Scallops.

One should be at least 12 inches longer than the others, since the working cord always needs to be longer.

Step 1:  Secure one of the short cords to your work surface horizontally. This will be a holding cord, which the scallop will be attached to (brown cord in images).

Working Cord

Step 2:  Place the working cord underneath the holding cord. It  will be used to make the Larks Head knots. 

The portion above the holding cord should be longer than the part below it. 

Half Hitch
<<   Bring the lower portion of the working cord over - under the holding cord.  As you pull the end down, pass over the working cord.

Tie a second knot next to the first one, to complete the
Double Half Hitch. >>

Second Cord

Step 3:  Attach the 3rd cord to the horizontal holding cord, to be used as the core for the Larks Head knots.

Attach it the same way, with a Double Half Hitch.

Step 4:  You will now tie the Vertical Larks Head knots, using the upper portion of the cords, following the steps below:

First Half
<< Pass the working cord around the core over - under, rotating clockwise.  Pull it left passing it over the cord you are holding.

For the second half, the over - under sequence is the opposite:
under - over - under  >>
2nd Half 

 Both steps = one Vertical Larks Head Knot.

Five Knots
  Step 5:  Tie a total of 5 Larks Head knots, as in step 4 above.

When you are done, bring the ends of both working cords under the horizontal holding cord, heading vertically.

Attach Core

Step 6:  Attach the cord used as the core to the horizontal holding cord, with DHH.  

Slide the Half Hitches to the left, so they are next to the first ones tied in step 2.  

This is what causes Buttonhole Scallops to be distinctive, they stand up and are very visible.

Working Cord

Step 7:  Attach the working cord to the holding cord with a Double Half Hitch.

Buttonhole Scallops are usually tied in groups, so if you have more material, tie at least one more. 

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