Buttonhole stitch, or blanket stitch as many people call it, is actually the foundation stitch for many varieties of buttonhole. This stitch is often used along the edge of projects — often blankets — hence the name. Never underestimate a stitch like buttonhole, as it is a marvellously versatile stitch. Buttonhole can also be worked in a freeform manner with the rows stacked to create texture. The illustration above is worked in a fine woollen yarn, which was hand-dyed. Other textures and patterns can be created if you experiment with changing the spacing and height of the upright arms.
How to work Buttonhole Stitch (Blanket stitch)
Buttonhole stitch is worked from left to right along two imaginary lines. Bring the thread out on the lower line. Insert the needle on the upper line making a straight downward motion.
Loop the working thread under the needle point. Pull the needle through the fabric to form a loop. Repeat this process along the line.
You can create many interesting patterns with this stitch. For example, by varying the arm length you can create shapes.
If you change the baseline you can create interesting variations too.
It can be fun to work out different patterns
Some become little motifs in their own right
Or buttonhole stitches can be worked back-to-back.
You can build up interesting patterned bands
Play with the spacing working the upright parts closely together, or work them further apart.
This sample is buttonhole worked in various threads. Try working it different threads, on different fabrics, or fabrics that have been hand-dyed or you can add beads, overlap lines of the stitch, or use it to couch down another thread or ribbon.
Here I was experimenting with leaf shapes
Of course, this is a popular stitch used in crazy quilting.
Have you seen my Stitchers Templates?
As someone who loves crazy quilting and embroidery, I designed these templates with fellow stitchers in mind. You can use them to create hundreds of different patterns to apply to your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box. And we laser cut them in our own studio to ensure the best quality.
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