The blanket stitch, as its name suggests, typically edges blankets and other edges such as tablecloths, runners, even wool jackets. It is one of the basic embroidery stitches and is the best-known looped embroidery stitch, also called the Spaced Buttonhole Stitch because it is very similar to a Buttonhole Stitch. Not only does blanket stitch embroidery make nice edges and borders, it outlines and fills shapes.
The blanket stitch is part of the looped stitch embroidery family, stitches where the thread loops around the needle. In the nineteenth century, the buttonhole stitch was popular to stitch on the edge of household linens. Generally, when blanket stitch is an edge stitch, you do not need to use frames or hoops..
Here is another sample of the blanket stitch, showing appliqué and straight line uses.
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