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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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!




Arrow or Arrowhead stitch

Arrowhead Stitch sample 10There are two varieties of Arrowhead stitch that are listed in various stitch books. One is a horizontal version and one is vertical. The vertical version is sometimes called Upright Arrow or both versions can be called simply Arrow stitch. The Horizontal version is also known as Zig Zag stitch.

Both varieties are a good example of an easy quick stitch. The geometric structure leads to much pleasure, as Arrow stitch can be arranged in numerous patterns which can be used for borders or fills.

This is a good stitch for children and beginners.

How to work Arrowhead Stitch

Arrowhead Stitch step 1Horizontal Arrow stitch is made up of a line of straight stitches worked at right angels to each other in a zig zag formation.

Arrowhead Stitch step 2Work from left to right along 2 imaginary lines, building line as illustrated.

Arrowhead Stitch step 3As you can see this stitch can be built into patterns if you work row upon row.

Arrowhead Stitch sample2Or you can work lines back to back

Arrowhead Stitch sample 3Add more lines to those

Arrowhead Stitch sample 4Overlap lines that are worked at different scale.

Arrowhead Stitch sample 5Combine upright and horizontal Arrowhead stitch

Arrowhead Stitch sample 6Then build more on that pattern too!

Arrowhead Stitch sample 7You can also use this stitch to couch on a ribbon!

Arrowhead Stitch sample 8

How to work Upright Arrowhead stitch

Arrowhead Stitch upright 2arrow-upright2Upright Arrowhead stitch is equally easy and quick to work making it an ideal stitch for beginners and children.

This stitch consists of a pair of straight stitches worked at right angles to each other.

Work down the line between 2 imaginary lines, building up the pattern in the manner illustrated.

As with horizontal Arrowhead stitch the geometric nature of this stitch means you can easily build up patterns and designs with this stitch. You can use it for both a border stitch or as a filling stitch.

I like to use it in contemporary work in a improvisational manner too!

Arrowhead Stitch sample 9

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