Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Crossed Blanket Stitch

This is the Crossed Blanket Stitch.  It is a variation on one of my favorite go-to stitches - the Blanket Stitch.  I am sure this variation will also be a favorite.  There are so many places to use the blanket stitch, it will be nice to have such a beautiful variation to use as well. 

I am adding this stitch to my 100 Stitches plus journey.  

I found this stitch to be easier to do if I made myself some guidelines.  Much like the Blanket Stitch, this one requires even spacing to look its best!

My first step was to draw the guidelines.  I drew two parallel lines. Mine are 1/2" apart - fairly wide and just for my demonstration - it is easier to see my steps.  I think 3/8" would be a better, neater looking size for this stitch. 

I worked this stitch from left to right.  The first step is to come up through the fabric on the bottom line:

Pull all the way through:

Next I went back into the fabric on the top guideline, a bit to the right of where my floss emerged:

I came back out of the fabric on the bottom guideline and right next to the spot where the floss first emerged.  Notice the needle is at a slant and that the tip of the needle is passing over the working floss:

Pull all the way through:

Next I brought the needle around to the top guideline and went back into the fabric a little to the left of where I first went in on the top guideline:

I came out on the bottom guideline - notice the needle is at a slant and the tip of the needle is again going over the working floss:

Pull all the way through:

That is the first stitch - notice it forms an "x".  I just continued those same steps

At the end of the bottom guideline, I went back into the fabric to end the line of stitching:

Here is a look at the underside of this stitch:

When I was finished, I did this again with guidelines that were 3/8" apart.  I washed out the guidelines and here is the result.  I think the stitching looks better being a bit smaller:

Here is a close up view:

This beautiful stitch is from the book Embroidery Stitches by Mary Webb.


Darlene said...

Like you, Kim, I love the blanket stitch. This is such a nice variation of it. I admit, I always do my stitches freehand, but after seeing your spacing...I think yours look so much better! And I like the smaller size, too. I think being more compact looks neater, maybe?

Kim said...

Hi Darlene - Thanks! I agree. It seems like whenever I do the blanket stitch freehand, I go so far and then take it back out because I can see it is not even lol - for me it is better to start with the guidelines :)

Ana Love Craft said...

Nice stitch Kim! Thank you for sharing it!
Have a fabulous week!
Hugs and love from Portugal,
Ana Love Craft

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Hi Kim
First, let me thank you so so much for continuing to blog and share your stitching. I love this stitch and will use it on my current Crazy Quilt block. Thanks also for mentioning Mary Webb's book. I thought I had it, but don't. Of course if I had it, I'd be using it, right?! So I ordered a used copy.
xx, Carol

Kim said...

Thank you Ana! Have a wonderful weekend :)
Hi Carol - You are welcome! I love learning these stitches. I think this one in particular will be gorgeous on a Crazy Quilt block. I am so happy you ordered the book - it is such a good one but really hard to find!!