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.

How to embroider Antwerp edging

How to embroider Antwerp edging - step 1
How to embroider Antwerp edging - step 2
How to embroider Antwerp edging - step 3
  • 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.

Video tutorial

If you are a visual learner, watch a video tutorial below or on the Practical Embroidery YouTube channel. In this video, you’ll find easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions that will have you creating this edging stitch like a pro in no time.

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.