Posts Tagged 'blanket stitch family'

rossette of thorns

Posted by on 21 Feb 2012 | Category:

Rossette of thorns is a decorative variation of blanket stitch. It is a fine example of how blanket stitches can be varied in length and angles to make different effects.

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Fig 1: We begin like the blanket stitch. The only change would be in the angles and the length variations of each stitch. Follow the alphabets for the sequence. After a series of five stitches, we give a gap and move to a similar sequence of five more stitches.    Fig 2: A finished portion of the stitch would look like this. This can be topped with stitches like the french knots or oyster stitch.

closed blanket stitch

Posted by on 01 Jan 2012 | Category:

Also known as: Half crossed blanket stitch

As the name suggests, this blanket stitch is a closed variation, but forms a beautiful pattern to edge thick fabrics.

Knowing the blanket stitch will be an advantage. I will work between two horizontally parallel stitch lines.

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Fig 1:  Bring out the needle through A. Now put the needle in through B, as shown. Take the needle out through C. Note that the points B and C are placed diagonally with each other, unlike in the normal blanket stitch.
We continue with this ‘diagonal’ approach through out.
   Fig 2: Now, Take the the needle in through D and E, again diagonally placed to each other. Then, Take the needle in through D and bring it out from F as shown. This gives the blanket stitch a ‘closed’ look.
closed_blanket_stitch_3   Fig 3: Continue this process for the entire row.  A finished row would look like this.
When done as an edging, both the sides of the fabric would look the same.

double blanket stitch

Posted by on 26 Dec 2011 | Category:

This is a decorative variation of the blanket stitch. Here, a row of blanket stitch is made, the fabric is reversed and another row of blanket stitch is made, the teeth falling between the gaps of the previous blanket stitches. The tutorial shall make it clearer. This stitch can be used along with other embellishing stitches like the french knots to make nice decorative borders.

You need to know the blanket stitch to be able to do this variation of the stitch.

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Fig 1: First, make a row of blanket stitch. The illustration shows the row in green thread.
Next, turn the fabric around and do another row of blanket stitch, placing each stitch between teh previous stitches, as shown.
  Fig 2: A finished portion would look like this. This stitch can be done in a single color too.  

blanket stitch family

Posted by on 07 Dec 2011 | Category:

Blanket stitch began as a way to secure the edges of unsewn blankets. The stitch is very easy to do and gives a decorated look. With time, this stitch was experimented with giving rise to different variations and styles of this stitch.

Blanket stitch was also confused easily with the buttonhole stitch and the names were used interchangeably. Closer research reveals that these two stitches came to be confused with each other due to the way they look and the purpose they traditioanlly serve, that is, securign the edges. While blanket stitch is simple and secures the edges of fabrics, buttonhole stitch was traditionally used by tailors to secure the edges of buttonholes with hands. And hence, the name. A buttonhole stitch adds a little ‘knot’ at the elbow, giving it more endurance from teh friction caused by the buttons.

The blanket stitch later came to be used for more than just securing the edges and made a good place in embroidery. Many variations were developed and each stitch in this family became more interesting to do.

Technically, if observed, it shares similarities with the feather stitch family, yet can be classified in a different section altogether. One difference is that the feather stitch family follows a vertical pattern, while the buttonhole family follows a horizontal path.