Blanket Stitch

Schematic drawing of a blanket stitch. Schematic drawing of a blanket stitch. Drawing by Martin Hense.

The blanket stitch is a technique used in various forms of embroidery. It is very similar to the buttenhole stitch and it also uses two levels. It is called buttonhole stitch when the stitches are packed closely together, and blanket stitch (USA: blanket edge) when they are more evenly spaced out.

The needle is inserted at the top level and then emerges next to the lower level of the stitch. The needle is brought out over the working thread, so forming a long straight stitch with a looped edge on the lower line. The needle is then inserted again further along the upper level. Its form suggests a mirror image of the letter L. This method of making a stitch is related to that used for feather stitches.

The blanket stitch is also known as the open buttonhole stitch.

See also slanting blanket stitch

Source: THOMAS, Mary (1934). Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, London: Hodder and Stoughton, pp. 10-11.











Last modified on Saturday, 28 January 2017 13:53