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antwerp edging stitch

Posted by on 11 Feb 2016 | Category:

Also known as: knot stitch edging, antwerp stitch

This a very pretty looking edging stitch which looks like a blanket stitch with a knot. It can be made loosely, and is generally used for more of a decorative purpose, than for securing the edges as with blanket stitches.
The antwerp edging stitch is used is Hardanger Embroidery.

If you know the blanket stitch, it will be easy to understand this tutorial. Though this is an edging stitch, I will work between two parallel stitch lines, to teach the technique.

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Fig 1: Start by doing a blanket stitch between the two stitch lines, as shown.    Fig 2: Now, before you pull out the needle completely to secure the stitch, pass the needle under the loop as shown. Do not pluck the fabric underneath. 
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Fig 3: Twist the thread around the needle as shown. This is the twist that will help create the knot.    Fig 4: Pull the thread to tighten the loop of the blanket stitch. However, this is optional when you do over an actual edge. If you want a loose edging, you can leave the loop loose. 
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Fig 5: Pull out the needle to secure the knot. Continue to make more blanket stitches with the knot.   Fig 6: A finished line of edging would look like this. I have made this edging tight for the sake of clarity. 

blanket stitch

Posted by on 07 Dec 2011 | Category:

This stitch is simple and easy, yet a beauty. It is called balnket stitch as traditionally, it is used to stitch the edges of blankets. It not only gives the blanket edges a nice look, but also secures it. This stitch is now used used in many other crafting projects as well. This is one of the most sought after stitches.

Blanket stitch is often confused with the buttonhole stitch. Or, rather, it should be said that blanket stitch and buttonhole stitch are oftern considered to be the same. While, some extensive research would logically explain that they are not.

While both stitches are used to secure edges, buttonhole stitch is a sturdier stitch to secure edges of buttonholes. So, traditionally, tailors would use the buttonhole stitch to hand sew the edges of buttonholes.

Blanket stitch can be sewn from left to right or right to left. I prefer the left to right direction. I have illustrated this stitch between two horizontally parallel stitch lines.

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Fig 1: Bring the needle out through A. Take the needle in through B. Take it out through C, a point in the same stitch line as A. Loop the thread under the needle as shown.    Fig 2: Pull out the needle. Continue with this process till the end of the line.  
 blanket_stitch_3   Fig 3: A portion of the finished blanket stitch would reveal like this.  
 blanket_stitch_4   Fig 4: The blanket stitch can be given an interesting look by just altering the length of the vertical stitch as shown.