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Up and down blanket stitch

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A variation on regular buttonhole or blanket stitch, where alternate stitches are narrow then widely spaced.

For more background see the entry for blanket stitch.

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Method

Mark the fabric with two parallel lines or one parallel to a raw edge.

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Working from left to right, bring the needle and thread up on the baseline and take it down on the top line, leaving a loop on the surface.

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Bring the needle up in the loop on the baseline and tighten the loop against the working thread.

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Take the needle down further along the baseline ensuring to leave a gap of a threads thickness, draw the thread to the back leaving a loop on the surface.

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Bring the needle up on the top line very close to the previous stitch.

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Whilst the needle is still in the fabric, throw the surface loop over the needle

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and draw the thread through to complete your first ‘Up and Down’ stitch

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Repeat these steps again to produce a series of ‘Up and Down’ stitches evenly spaced to achieve an Up and Down Blanket stitch

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Up and Down blanket stitch

Up and down blanket stitch

Structure of stitch

Common uses

Borders, edgings, outlines, couching.

Embroidery Techniques

Identifying Up and down blanket stitch

A continuous line of scallop looking Blanket stitches tied together in pairs
Each stitch should be a mirror image of the adjacent stitch

References

  • Betty Barnden, The Embroidery Stitch Bible (2003) , p.62