Blanket stitch – a great stitch to show off some skill! As a decorative edge this stitch can’t be beat. When sewing an applique and after securing the thread, bring the needle out to the front of the work and above the shape you want to highlight. For the right-handed (reverse for lefties) pick up a stitch approximately 3mm diagonally from the needle and into the applique. Bring the needle out alongside your thread but 3mm away to the right and make sure the thread is behind the needle, pull through. Continue round the shape and practise makes perfect, as they say!