The blanket stitch is a basic, popular embroidery stitch that can be used to create an edging, used as a surface embroidery stitch, or to stitch elements in place on an embroidery project. It is worked using open half-loops of stitching, similar to a hand-worked buttonhole stitch.
This stitch can be worked along straight or curved lines on the surface of the fabric. It can also be used along fabric edges as an edge finish, or to attach appliques.
Variations of the embroidery version of this stitch include the buttohole stitch, which features the stitches worked side-by-side, tightly spaced.
To work the blanket stitch, bring the needle up from the lower left edge and insert your needle through the embroidery fabric at the top of the location of the first stitch.
Bring the tip of the needle through the fabric a short distance below the entry point, making a vertical stitch. If working along a marked line, the needle tip is brought through the fabric to the right side. If it is worked along an edge, the needle tip extends beyond the edge of the fabric.
Pull the needle through to make an l-shaped half loop with the embroidery thread. Continue working the stitch, spacing them a short distance apart at regular intervals.
A version of this stitch was used in the Paisley Hearts embroidery project. See the article for the FREE pattern.
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