The blanket stitch, as you would guess, it is typically used to edge blankets, and other edges like on table cloths, runners, even wool jackets. It is considered one of the basic embroidery stitches and is the best known looped embroidery stitch, also referred to as the Spaced Buttonhole Stitch, as it is very similar to a Buttonhole Stitch. Not only is it used for making nice edges and borders, it is also used for outlining and filling shapes.
The blanket stitch is part of the looped stitch family, which are stitches where the thread is looped around the needle. In the nineteenth century, the buttonhole stitch was popular to stitch on the edge of tablecloths, napkins, sheets, pillow cases and more. Generally, when stitched as an edge stitch, frames or hoops are not used.
Here is how to make the blanket embroidery stitch:
The blanket stitch is worked left to right. Bring your thread up at A, down at B and back up at C, which is just left of where you originally brought up your thread. This is only to start your stitch.
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Insert your needle at D, bringing it back out at E and looping your thread around the needle when you bring it up. Pull gently, and encourage the thread to lay flat on your line (or edge of your fabric).
Here is the next stitch. Again, insert your needle at F, bring it back up at G and loop your thread around the needle to form the line.
The finished sample of the stitch as a line or border. I used a Frixiron pen to make my marks on my fabric. In the image below, my marks are removed so you can see the stitch. Always check a sample of your fabric with your preferred marking method before starting.
Using this stitch as a border is similar, but you line up your loops along the edge of the fabric, as shown below.
And, here is the final sample using the blanket stitch as a finishing stitch for an edging.
Here is another sample of the blanket stitch, showing both how it is used for applique and as a straight line.
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