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

Or

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


Buttonhole Eyelet flower Highlights

I am really pleased people enjoyed buttonhole eyelet flower  stitch and to be honest I am totally amazed that so many people managed to get samples done.

This week I had to make a bit of dash around the sites to take a look at the samples life is getting busy with my daughter arriving home tonight as she has just come off another tour.

I am really pleased people enjoyed buttonhole eyelet flower  stitch and to be honest I am totally amazed that people managed to get samples done.

 

 

I hope the featured samples this week have inspired and you to take a little time out in your busy week to browse the other comments on

Further information about the TAST challenge

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


Buttonhole Eyelet Flower Tutorial

I found Buttonhole Eyelet Flower in A-Z of Embroidery Stitches 2 . It is called Buttonhole Eyelet flower and has a base created by first working a buttonhole wheel, then you add bullion knots around the wheel.

Although at first glance it looks quite restrictive you can do quite a bit with it. Buttonhole wheels can also be worked in halves and quarters in various arrangements. So half and quarter flowers can be worked. You can work the wheel as an oval disk or even heart shapes! It is also easy to add more rings of ‘petals’ in bullion knots.

This is what the finished stitch looks like.

hand embroidered buttonhole eyelet flower sample

How to work a Buttonhole Eyelet flower.

This sample was worked in perle 5 thread and I assume you know how to work a buttonhole wheel, and bullion knots. If you need a refresher follow the link to tutorials.

how to hand embroider a buttonhole eyelet flower step 1Mark a small disk shape on your fabric using a dissolvable marker pen.

how to hand embroider a buttonhole eyelet flower step 2Work  a buttonhole wheel, making sure that you  pass each vertical stitch through the same point in the centre.

how to hand embroider a buttonhole eyelet flower step 3

Bring the thread out on the edge of the circle, insert the needle into the middle of the wheel and loop the thread under the needle point. Pull the needle through the fabric to form a loop and repeat this process around the circle.

If the edge of your wheel edge flips up it is probably because you are not spacing the stitches close enough together.

how to hand embroider a buttonhole eyelet flower step 4When the wheel is complete take your thread to the back of the fabric

how to hand embroider a buttonhole eyelet flower step 5Using a dissolvable marker pen place 5 tiny spots  around the edge of the wheel as illustrated.

The next step is to work bullion knots around the edge of the wheel. Bring your thread out at the first spot.

how to hand embroider a buttonhole eyelet flower step 6Working in an anti clockwise direction insert your needle in the second spot and make a bullion knot. The bullion knots in the sample are 15 wraps of the needle using a perle #5 thread.

Insert the needle in the second spot. Point the needle backwards (anti-clockwise) so that the point emerges near the place that the thread comes out of the fabric

Wrap the thread round the needle 10-15 times and then pull the needle carefully through the coil.The more wraps the larger the loop that is formed.

how to hand embroider a buttonhole eyelet flower step 7

While pulling the needle through the coil, put your left thumb over the coil to hold the coil down. Pull the working thread through the coil until it starts to tighten and then stroke the under belly of the coil with your needle. This will smooth the coil and neaten the stitch.

Take the needle through the fabric at the point where it came out.

how to hand embroider a buttonhole eyelet flower step 8Work your way around the wheel until the flower motif is done. By changing the number of wraps of the bullion stitches you can make the petals more or less loopy.

These are particularly fun if you combine them with a Closed Base Needlewoven Picot stitch

I hope you enjoy the stitch!