Take a Stitch Tuesday Berry stitch

This week I have stitch that can be used easily in Christmas motifs as it makes berries! It’s called 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 making it ideal to propose as part of the challenge in a period when everyone is busy  and has ‘to do’ lists miles long. So take a few minutes out for yourself and try a sample of this stitch.

hand embroidered Berry stitch step 1Start 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.

You can also substitute the first chain with an oyster stitch to produce some really interesting results.

Berry stitch worked in two steps in silk ribbon can be very effective.

silk ribbon hand embroidery berry stitch flower Once again the challenge is:

For new hands to learn the stitch


If you are an experienced stitcher take the stitch and push it a little further in a creative manner or combine this stitch with one of the stitches already covered in TAST 2012. If you have worked a sample in a previous challenge feel free to post a link in comments as it will inspire people but if you have time do try another sample and do something different and new!

How to join in

Stitch a sample,  take a photograph of it, put in online in your blog, flickr site or on stitchin fingers page, swing by here and leave a comment with your full web address so people can visit and see your sample.

Any special rules?

There are no rules but I do have a request, please link back here.

Interesting work will be featured

Each week I will link to interesting samples that participants have stitched order to draw attention to how the stitch is used.

Further information

If you need further information on the challenge a list of stitches covered so far or directions on how to participate please visit the TAST FAQ page.

You can read back through TAST articles by browsing Challenges –  Take a Stitch Tuesday category

Other groups and networks

You can also share your explorations with other members on the social network site of your choice. There is a Facebook TAST 2012 page,   stitchin fingers group and the flickr TAST site. All these sub groups are set up at request of members

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25 Responses to Take a Stitch Tuesday Berry stitch

  1. 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:

  2. Annet says:

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

  3. Laurel says:

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

  4. Brigitte Otto says:

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

  5. Lynda says:

    This is useful, and very adaptable!

  6. 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.

  7. Nancilyn says:

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

  8. 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 http://timeusebybernice.wordpress.com/

  9. 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
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/susie_w/ I have certainly enjoyed the process …. even though I seem to have done it on a different time line than most.

  10. Claudia says:

    Hi Sharon and all,
    what a lovely stitch! Thanks for introducing Berry Stitch. Again I enjoyed to work on my attempt: http://fabricfusion.blogspot.com/2012/12/tast-50-berry-stitch-ooops-i-did-it.html

  11. Barbara/Hopscotch says:

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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. Luiz Vaz says:

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

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

  16. 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,

  17. 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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