Application

A bag with eyelets to pass tape through and draw the opening together.

Use

A hole pierced in material and made strong by stitches around the edge of it, through which a tape or lacing-cord may pass.

Rule

Pierce the material with a stiletto until the hole will allow the lacing-cord to pass through easily. If a large hole is needed some of the pushed-back material on the wrong side must be cut away. For added strength the holes may be outlined with running stitches. The work over the edge may be done in different ways. The buttonhole or the blanket stitch may either be used, or the hole may be worked over and over with a close overhand stitch.

The buttonhole stitch with the purl turned toward the hole makes the strongest eyelet. (Fig. 21, Eyelet No. 2.) The upright stitches must be evenly spread apart as the purl is crowded into a smaller space. The needle is inserted first into the hole, and then into the material and the purl is drawn to the edge of the hole. The blanket stitch is sometimes used for the buttonhole stitch in this eyelet.

The close overhand is also strong. It is the method usually adopted where a silk lacing is to be used. (Fig. 21, Eyelet No. 3.) The work is done very close together, and the stitches are drawn tightly.

The buttonhole stitch with the purl turned away from the hole makes the most attractive looking eyelet. (Fig. 21, Eyelet No. 1.) The needle is inserted first into the material and then brought through the hole to the surface and the purl is drawn into place beyond the hole. The work proceeds from right to left as in buttonholes. The upright stitches must lie close together to cover the raw edges and make the eyelet wear well. The work is fastened on the wrong side by a couple of double stitches.

The depth of the stitch in all eyelets depends on the material on which it is made. The object is to protect the hole; the stitch must therefore be close and deep enough to accomplish this. The stiletto can be of use during the progress of the work to keep the hole round.

Practice

Three varieties of eyelets are to be worked on the buttonhole practice piece.

No. 1. - Buttonhole stitch with the purl turned outward.

No. 2. - Buttonhole stitch with the purl turned inward.

No. 3. - A close over-and-over stitch. (See Practice-Buttonholes.)

Fig. 21.   Eyelets Nos. 1, 2 and 3. Buttonhole.

Fig. 21. - Eyelets Nos. 1, 2 and 3. Buttonhole.