Our friend Susan O’Dee (Mistress Briony, as she is known in the Society for Creative Anachronism) is a talented embroidery expert from New York State. Recently, we asked her what the top ten most useful embroidery stitches were, specifically for pre-1600 AD projects. She came out with a great list and graciously offered to film them for us. Number two on the list is the button hole stitch, also known as the blanket stitch. As the name suggests, it’s great for edging and preventing hand cut button holes from fraying. But this stitch is also used across a variety of embroidery projects including surface embroidery, quilting, cutwork, and lots more. You can work these stitches spaced wide apart for one look, or very close together for a completely different effect.
Additional thanks to Pakshalika Kananbala for filming and editing the video.