How to Hand Embroider Berry stitch

Berry stitch but is also known as double lazy daisy stitch or double detached chain stitch. It can be worked on any type of fabric and is easy stitch to do and learn.

hand embroidered Berry stitch step 1How to work Berry Stitch

Start by working a single detached chain stitch.

You can work it as an isolated stitch, in patterns or substitute it in places where you might want a fatter detached chain stitch. It can be worked close together in a line, or massed.

how to hand embroider Berry stitch step 2Since this stitch is made up of two detached chain stitches you need to know how to work detached chain.

A twisted thread, such as pearl or soft cotton, is ideal as it will help hold the shape.

Insert the needle back just above the top of the first chain stitch.

Take the needle through the fabric behind the first chain stitch bringing the point of the needle out a short space below.

With the thread wrapped under the needle point pull the needle through the fabric to make the second chain stitch.

The completed stitch looks like a fat chain stitch.

berry stitch tutorial You can use it as you would detached chain making flower shapes.

As your pattern dictates you can increase or decrease the number of petals in the flower.

You can also work this stitch in two steps the first round of chain stitches being in one weight of thread and the second being in a heavier or slightly textured thread.

berry stitch flower of 4 petalsAnother way of working is to work the first round of detached chain in one colour and the second detached chain in another.

For another variety ou can also substitute the first chain stitch with an oyster stitch to produce some really interesting results as the middle is more textured.

silk ribbon hand embroidery berry stitch flower

Berry stitch worked in two steps in silk ribbon can also be very effective when you change the colour of the thread.

Return to the Stitch Dictionary Index page to explore more stitches.

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28 Responses to How to Hand Embroider Berry stitch

  1. Ash Zee says:

    Another beautiful stitch.Thank you Sharon.

  2. Ash Zee says:

    Thank you Sharon.

  3. Debbie says:

    One stitch caught up – only one more to catch up for last year – it has been a great learning experience – thanks Sharon! My Berry stitches:

  4. Annet says:

    I experimented with the berry stitch on my Aida sampler. I wrote about the details on my blog:
    The sampler is here:

  5. Laurel says:

    Hi Sharon – Here is a post of another mixed media project that includes this week’s Berry Stitch.

  6. Brigitte Otto says:

    Just uploaded my berry stitch sample to stitchin fingers:
    Enjoy your week!

  7. Lynda says:

    This is useful, and very adaptable!

  8. Anneliese says:

    I used another pece of foam printed – marbeled – background fabric and made berry stitches as buds:

    I like this one. With this stitch a feel the freedom.

  9. Nancilyn says:

    Worked berry stitches around last week’s buttonhole eyelet flowers.

  10. Bernice Odom says:

    Double Chain Stitch seems like the best name to me. A nice stitch to do. See my use of it on my December Crazy Quilt Journal Project at

  11. Susie Wolfe says:

    I can’t believe it is Friday and I have actually completed the stitch of the current week. I have been way behind, but have worked my out of that hole! My stitch is here I have certainly enjoyed the process …. even though I seem to have done it on a different time line than most.

  12. Claudia says:

    Hi Sharon and all,
    what a lovely stitch! Thanks for introducing Berry Stitch. Again I enjoyed to work on my attempt:

  13. Barbara/Hopscotch says:

    I have used this stitch in my first CQ block – now finished!

  14. Dear Sharon;
    It is very interesting participate in TAST.
    This weeks stich is so simple and i love todo it.
    Further i am happy looking for others works too.
    Sometimes i wounder about other stitchers how imagination they are having. Thanks dear for the TAST…. and i am happy being a part.
    My simple trial is at

  15. Laurel says:

    Hi Sharon,

    I’ve been terribly behind, but I’m posting an sample of a new technique that combines the last 3 TAST stitches. I hope to get another example done that includes this week’s Berry stitch by the end of this weekend.
    Thanks, Laurel

  16. Luiz Vaz says:

    Hi Sharon & Friends. My post for the week. lovely stitch!
    Thank you all for all!

  17. I really enjoyed doing berry stitch and had fun while working on this design.

  18. chitra gangadharan says:

    Hi Sharon,
    I love this stitch. and quite excited to start this stitch[which I have never done before]sampler. the details –
    Thank you,

  19. Angela says:
    I really like this berry stitch! It is new to me but I know I will definitely use it again!

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