Antwerp edging

Antwerp edging

Antwerp Edging is a decorative variation of the Blanket Stitch. The horizontal edge of the blanket stitch is decorated with tiny knots to make it more durable and decorative.

Other names of the stitch

You can find the Antwerp Edging called Knotted Blanket Stitch too.

Antwerp edging front view
Antwerp edging back view

Applications of the Antwerp edging stitch

This edging stitch has a decorative edging purpose and is widely used in Hardanger embroidery. It can be used in decorative embroidery and crazy quilting too.

Antwerp edging front view

How to embroider Antwerp Edging

Step-by-step hand embroidery tutorial


1. Mark two parallel rows (as for the regular Blanket stitch).

2. Make a Blanket stitch.

How to embroider Antwerp edging - step 1

3. Before making the next Blanket stitch, pass the needle under the loop of the blanket stitch and a working thread and make a knot. 

How to embroider Antwerp edging - step 2

4. Tighten the knot by pulling the working thread.

How to embroider Antwerp edging - step 3

5. Make one more Blanket stitch and add a knot.

6. Repeat the steps until your row is finished.

Video tutorial

Tools and materials I used for this sampler

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Embroidery fabric cotton linen neutral colors Etsy
Embroidery fabric
DMC Pearl Cotton #8 thread on Etsy
DMC Pearl Cotton #8
Beechwood embroidery hoops Etsy
Embroidery hoop
Bohin Embroidery Needles Etsy
Bohin Embroidery Needles
Embroidery Scissors Etsy
Embroidery Scissors

What’s next?

If you’re in the mood to explore more hand embroidery stitches, check out the Stitches and Techniques page for the list of other fantastic stitches available on my blog. From timeless classics to modern twists, a whole world of stitches is waiting for you to explore and master. So, grab your hoop and needle, and let’s stitch our way to creative bliss!

Need More Guidance?

The top 10 hand embroidery stitches to learn is a free online course created for beginners.

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