Sunday, February 24, 2013

Blanket Stitch

I have been wanting to share one of my favourite stitches for a while now.
Super super easy peasy, with chocolate dipped strawberries on top blanket stitch.

I should probably start by warning you that I am left-handed.  
I do knit and crochet as right-handed, but I am not sure who I am when I sew.  

Start with your piggy-back stitch to secure your thread behind the scenes, 
and pull through to the front of your work, ready to commence blanket stitch.  

Push your needle into your fabric, and out the back.
Make sure your length of thread is BEHIND your needle, as shown above.

Pull your needle and thread through all the way. 

Ta-daaaa - your first blanket stitch.
See how the thread has been 'caught' at the back of your stitch?

Ok - so keep going - get your needle, pushing into the fabric and out the back, again,
make sure the tail of the thread of where you have just come from, is behind your needle.

Drag through gently to create the next stitch.

You can put the stitches as close together or as far apart as you wish.
You can also alter the length of your stitches as well, depending on the finish you are after.

Push the needle through the fabric, . . . . . . .

making sure the thread is behind the needle, . . . . . . . 

and gently pull through . . . . . . . . 

making blanket stitch.


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So ok, sometimes we do a little hiccup and don't have the 
thread behind the needle when we pull it through the fabric.  
Not a problem, here is what it looks like, and what we can do to make it all better again.  
It really is quite simple.

You can see the thread is not behind the needle coming through the back where my finger is.
If you notice this at the time, all you have to do is pop the thread behind the needle and keep going.

But if you don't notice it until you have pulled the thread through, 
you can still fix it.

Get your needle. . . . . . .

put it through the loop as you can see here. . . . . . . 

and pull your thread through gently. . . . . . . 

to complete the blanket stitch.

You are awesome!

Now go forth, be free, and blanket stitch!



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