|Detached Buttonhole Stitch|
My new favourite stitch. Your first row is worked as normal for buttonhole. Subsequent rows are worked into the 'bars' of previous rows so that the stitches don't connect with the fabric at all - hence detached. Tension can be a little difficult at first but a rhythm soon develops and the stitches settle down. My initial row is rather more widely spaced than I would normally like, but on a sample piece bigger stitches can sometimes be called for.
Same stitch worked around a calico core to give a three dimensional piece with added picots. This is tiny (less than 4cm tall) because I made it to fit into a very small display bottle.