Embroidery Sampler: Block #10

Welcome back to our weekly Embroidery block to accompany our Stitchery Sampler Sew Along. If you would like info on previous blocks, our supplies or general start and embroidery info, scroll back to the previous embroidery posts. The easiest way to do that is to search the word “embroidery” in our search box.

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…the blanket stitch was a lot of fun, right handed or left!


This week we chose to represent the Zig Zag Block with the Blanket Stitch (or Buttonhole Stitch).  We thought it did a great job of replicating the effect of the zig-zag and gave us a new stitch to add to our sampler.

Sophie and I both stitched our squares using four strands of embroidery floss but did a few things differently.  Sophie is stitching on the “Bark Cloth” which is a more textured fabric.  She opted to make her stitches bigger, both in height and width to stand out on her fabric.  I opted to keep my stitches smaller, and a more uniform height and width for my cotton fabric. We liked the look of both! 

The Blanket Stitch was familiar to me, and I sewed my square without the aid of the video tutorial, however it was Sophie’s first time experimenting with the stitch. 

I was able to switch the direction around and do the stitch backward more like the version shown on the pattern download. Sophie was more comfortable following along and stitching it in an “L” shape, as shown in the video tutorial we watched.  I also preferred using the “sewing method” to scoop my stitches, whereas Sophie greatly preferred using a hoop and the “stab” method.  

… really loving all of these different stitches!

Here is a good video for this stitch:

Blanket/Buttonhole Stitch Video Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP3q3H5bnf8

Guide of Stitches So Far:

Week 1: Back Stitch with 3 strands and French Knots

Sashing: Stem Stitch with 3 strands

Week 2: Granitos with 3 strands

Week 3: Herringbone Stitch with either 6 or 4 strands [see above]

Week 4: Lazy Daisy Stitch and French Knots with 3 strands

Week 5: Colonial Knot [or French Knot] with 4 strands

Week 6: Chain Stitch with Lazy Daisy with 4 strands

Week 7: Lattice Fill Stitch with 4 or 6 strands

Week 8: Fly Stitch with 4 strands

Week 9: Chain Stitch with all 6 strands

Week 10: Blanket/Buttonhole Stitch with 4 strands


Granitos Stitch: Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=128&v=Cysb2KK29dA&feature=youtu.be

Back Stitch… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZ_wVC84UmM&feature=emb_title

Stem Stitch… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TebgWq9AqyY&feature=emb_logo

French Knots… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1Cq24d5-8s&feature=emb_logo

Herringbone Stitchhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JyFBXtsO34&t=4s

Lazy Daisy (petal formation)... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmYvBZhUkrI

Lazy Daisy (for connecting the petals)… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pYtAKpRlTM&t=8s

Chain Stitch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP3q3H5bnf8

Each week we will share what stitches we have chosen and show you our progress and Sophie’s too!

Stitching samples and photos by Susan Vaughan.

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