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.
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.
How to embroider Antwerp edging
- Mark two parallel rows (as for the regular Blanket stitch).
- Make a Blanket stitch.
- Before making the next Blanket stitch, pass the needle under the loop of the blanket stitch and a working thread and make a knot.
- Tighten the knot by pulling the working thread.
- Make one more Blanket stitch and add a knot.
- Repeat the steps until your row is finished.
More variations of the Blanket stitch
If you are a visual learner, watch a video tutorial below or on the Practical Embroidery YouTube channel.
Looking for some other stitch? Head to this blog’s Stitches and Techniques page and choose the stitch you want to learn!
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