Buttonhole/Blanket Stitch Edging

Schematic drawing of a blanket stem edging. Schematic drawing of a blanket stem edging. Drawing by Martin Hense.

Buttonhole/blanket stitch edging refers to the application of buttonhole stitch (if the stitches are closely worked together) or blanket stitch (if the stitches are widely spaced), whereby the stitch is used to secure and neaten the edge(s) of a piece of cloth.

Buttonhole forms tend to be used for decorative needlework, such as the edges left in cutwork, while blanket stitch forms tend to be more practical (literally neatening the raw edges of a woollen cloth used for a blanket).

Source: THOMAS, Mary (1934). Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, London: Hodder and Stoughton, pp. 17-18.


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