The working method of the blanket stitch is similar to that of the
but it should be remembered that blanket stitches are
made with spaces between them. There are many variations of blanket
stitch and it can be worked by varying the length and direction of
the stitches as well as the spaces between them.
Is a good stitch for edging a turned over raw edge,
but is often used in applique.
Open buttonhole stitch
How to work:
Work from left to right. Bring the needle up at
, down at 2
and up at 3
, with thread looped
under the needle. Pull through. Repeat to the right. Fasten down
the last loop by taking a small stitch along the lower line. (see
Double Blanket Stitch
Double blanket stitch is worked in exactly the same way as single
blanket stitch only this time work a row of blanket stitch from
left to right then turn the work and work another row of blanket
stitch. Position the 'teeth' of the stitch between the 'teeth' of
the first line as shown in the picture.
Whipped Blanket Stitch
As we did yesterday with backstitch we can whip the lower edge with
a contrasting colour thread. Start at the right side and bring your
needle up through the fabric close to the first stitch and then
pass the needle from top to bottom through each of the lower
threads without going through the fabric.
Long and Short Blanket Stitch
Long and short blanket stitch is work in exactly the same way as
before only this time you lengthen or shorten the stitch. You do
this by working the stitches evenly as in the picture below.
Closed Blanket Stitch
To create a closed blanket stitch work from left to right and bring
your needle up at 1, down at 2 and then back up again at 3. The
thread should be beneath the needle, then pull through. Take your
needle down again at 2 and up at 4 matching the diagonal slope of
the first diagonal.
Crossed Blanket Stitch
To create the crossed blanket stitch you once again work from left
to right. To create the first diagonal bring your needle up at 1
and then down at 2 then bring your needle up at 3. With the thread
under the needle to work the second diagonal take your needle down
at 4 and then up at 5 as shown in the photo. create the next stitch
take the needle down at 6 and bring it up at 7 next to the bottom
of the second diagonal stitch.
These are some of the variations of Blanket Stitch, there are more
such as knotted or overlapping. The stitches don't have to be
worked on a straight line they can be worked on a curve and over
the edge of the fabric to neaten a raw edge.
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(stitch illustrations were designed by Andrew Whittle, please
note all stitches are copyright 2009 Hand Embroidery Network)