Blanket stitch and seeding

Oh my gosh I am so excited! It’s almost finished…Once all the stem stitch was done on the branches, the next step was the blanket/buttonhole stitch all around the edge of the lower leaves.

In the very clear instructions, Nicola suggested to stitch a line of running stitch with sewing thread about 1/2 inch inside the leaf shape from the edge. This running stitch was to help keep the inside edge of the blanket/buttonhole stitch nice and even. It worked quite well and it’s something I’ll do again. Brilliant!


Working blanket or buttonhole stitch on a curve is a bit tricky because inevitably there will be little tin pie shaped spaces between some of the stitches. At least when I do it there will be!

If I could have made every single one of those space exactly the same size, I would have left them there, adding to the texture of the piece. But I couldn’t  (still can’t, in fact, after all that stitching) so I went back and filled the spaces in very carefully. I brought the needle up on the inside on the curve (away from the pretty edge) and then tucked the needle just under that pretty edge, hiding the spot where the thread goes through to the back. Then it looks all nice, smooth and even. Pretty tricky, eh?


The next thing to do was the seeding. I just love seeding! LOVE IT! I always feel like I’m tossing sprinkles onto the fabric with my needle and thread. It’s such fun to stitch them close together towards one edge, getting progressively farther and farther apart as the seeding moves towards the center.


There’s not much left now…but it won’t be done in the next few hours. Nope, there’s enough to keep me happily occupied for a few more evenings after school. The trellis is begun but has yet to be finished. Some stem stitch borders, some satin stitch on the circles at the top of the design and some velvet/turkey rug/ghiordes knot stitching to do on some of the other circles. I’m excited to do that bit since I’ve not done that stitch on a piece before now. Then the last outline stitching, using couched thread, and it will be done.

Right about now, whenever I’m working on a project that takes a while, I have such mixed emotions. One the one hand I’m excited to be finished and see the design all stitched. ON the other hand, I don’t want it to end – I’ve just gotten the hang of this piece and feel that I now know it intimately.

Do you feel that way too?



6 thoughts on “Blanket stitch and seeding

  1. I know exactly what you mean about the mixed emotions as you near the end. I part of me wants to race to the finish line to see it finished, another part wants to slow down and savour every last stitch, especially as I usually save what I think will be the best bits for last. My mind also starts to wander to my next project so I also have a growing anticipation of starting that.

    This is looking great, you must be very pleased with it.

  2. Sometimes I do wish I would never finish, but then I fall in love with another project, and the disappointment subsides.

  3. Looks beautiful! I know what you mean about finishing a project – bittersweet. Kind of like being on vacation at a beautiful spot and then it’s time to go home.

  4. That is fascinating about the running stitch. Coulds you somehow show us exactly where it is and does it only apply to buttonhole? Your work is beautiful and I enjoy your blog. Thanks for all your effort. Susan

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