Embroidery Stitches

How to do Blanket Stitch, Satin Stitch & Split Stitch

Today I’m going to show you how to do another three basic stitches – Blanket Stitch, Satin Stitch and Split Stitch.

Blanket Stitch

Blanket stitch is often used to sew two edges together to give a decorative finish or to neaten an edge like on a blanket – hence the name!

Bring your needle through the fabric from back to front a little way from the edge and take the thread around the edge of the fabric to the back and feed the needle through the same hole to the front. Now feed the needle through the stitched loop then take a diagonal stitch down through the fabric a little way along at the same level as the first stitch. Bring your needle up and round the fabric again and feed the needle through the loop pulling gently to create your first blanket stitch. Continue by repeating this process while evenly spacing your stitches to create a neat row of blanket stitch.

Satin Stitch

Satin stitch consists of a row of parallel straight stitches to create a smooth area of colour which can be used to fill in small shapes in your design.

Start by bringing your needle up through the fabric from the back, take your needle straight across the shape and insert down through the fabric. Then bring your needle up again directly next to your first stitch and repeat the process. Continue until you have filled the space ensuring that you keep the stitches nice and flat for a smooth finish.

Split Stitch

Split stitch is a versatile stitch and can be used for outlining or as a filling stitch.

Bring your needle up through the fabric from behind and make a small stitch about the size of a grain of rice. Next bring your needle back up through the middle of your first stitch and down again, keeping the length of the stitch the same size as the first one … and repeat.

I hope you have fun practicing your stitches … remember practice makes perfect!

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