Stitch Tip #5: Box Your Blanket Stitches

The Nut House by Laura Wasilowski

You’d think that something as staid as hand embroidery would be soothing and calming. But for this hand embroiderer, it is full of drama and suspense!

The suspense is in venturing into the unknown and trying new stitch combinations. The drama is the discovery that the stitch combination is perfect for a specific embroidery challenge. Hand embroidery provides such cheap thrills to this stitcher!

What’s the thrilling stitch combo found in The Nut House project from Playful Free-Form Embroidery? First, take a look at the sidewalk in the Nut House.

Today’s Stitch Tip: Box Your Blanket Stitches

How do you create a brick sidewalk with hand embroidery? After a few attempts, this became my solution.

I made the sidewalk in the Nut House project with rows of blanket stitches running horizontally and stacked on top of each other. This creates a set of boxes.

And what do you do with boxes? Why you put something in the box like a straight stitch. The straight stitches going from corner to corner in each box are made with a size 8 thread called Asters. The variegated colors of the Asters thread change as you stitch, adding, you guessed it, drama! Now wasn’t that a cheap thrill?