December 17, 2007
Today’s post is a mix of samples using the berry stitch and the berry chain idea. As SharonB‘s TSTC year is winding up, I’ve been humbled by how even after all the practice with various stitches this one almost got the better of me. Somewhere in the middle of the week I was so tempted to stop despite the fact that the end was almost in sight. It reminded me of when TSTC was just underway and the buttonhole stitch was assigned. I almost quit then. And there were probably a few other times along the way, too. I think in some ways it has been a lesson to prepare me for what is ahead next year.
I didn’t make it through by merely making myself keep taking one stitch after another. That’s one of the great benefits of stitching in the midst of an on-line needlework community. I’d like to thank all of the people who left comments and who were such an encouragement to me in other ways. I hope that I may come by and encourage someone else at such a time.
In the berry stitch samples I was working with curves and circles.
I think I was in over my head on the next sample. I needed to mark these concentric circles out rather than trying to freehand them.
With the berry chain I played around with this idea of alternating between a regular chain and the berry chain stitch. It is a little hard to see clearly in the first photo.
I thought I would like to thread the line using this pattern.
I then tried some meandering lines and they were fun to do. The last one is perhaps actually backwards since I used the single chain stitch to hold the both loops of the berry stitch. You can see at the right that I started out in the normal fashion, but from there I got twisted up in making it. I kept it, although I certainly didn’t try to thread it.
December 15, 2007
I did some more work on the berry stitch as well as a brief step by step on what I’m calling at the moment a berry chain (for previous post).
In the berry stitches, I played around with my 100/3 silks to see how they would cope with the stitch. The results follow.
A few more samples where I’m back at work with my more usual pima cotton thread.
And my poor little crooked line.
The next section is a quick berry chain walk through.
I started off the berry stitch as per the normal instructions Sharon b provided in her introduction for TSTC week 50. It’s when I got to the point of making the tie down for the second detached chain stitch that I varied the stitch and inserted the needle back in the same place I’d just come from.
This loop develops into the first loop for the detached chain stitch of the second berry stitch. So it works like a regular detached chain stitch and is not pulled through to the back side but caught…
…and tied down.
To begin the second stitch of the second berry stitch the needle is inserted above the tie down of the smaller (first) detached chain stitch of the first berry stitch. And then the thread is pulled all the way through.
Next the needle is reinserted into the same place it appeared from and the thread is caught just under the tie down for the first detached chain stitch that makes up the second berry chain. This thread is now in position to make the next detached chain stitch which will be the first detached chain stitch of the third berry stitch chain.
And so the process is repeated to form the berry chain. I hope the words don’t seem to confusing. My apologies if they are; perhaps just looking through the pictures is better. Please don’t hesitate to leave a comment if you have any question about what I attempted to do or if you know the identity of this stitch.
December 14, 2007
First of all, I’d like to say thank you for all the very kind and encouraging comments that I received today and yesterday, too. You all have really lifted my spirits. I’d not been at my computer all day due to a very heavy schedule. I was so encouraged by reading through everything that was waiting there for me late this evening. Many thanks.
Today when I was working on this berry stitch, I was trying to do something more with it and came up with this concept of turning it back into a chain stitch.
I had to smile when I was editing my pictures tonight. I was so side tracked by the idea that I left off stitching this feathered berry stitch sample right in the middle of the stitch. Sometimes I can be so scatterbrained.
The dot of green on the right is the loop of thread that is suppose to be pulled down to make the second detached chain of the berry stitch. I evidently never gave it another thought once I got the idea of this berry chain stitch.
There is an “on” and “off” grid version. Perhaps, the sizing is actually better on the “off” grid version. But it is fun to do and makes a nice thick chain.
I tried making a quick step by step but my pictures are not good. I’ll try to retake them and post by Saturday evening (usa, west coast). I’ve been looking in my books to see if I can find something like it, but I’ve not had the time to do a proper search or look on line. If you know this stitch by another name or a similar, please let me know. I’d be very grateful.
The rest of the samples are here.
Here is a three-fourths berry stitch used to make this trillium shape.
This idea was inspired by Annie at Annies Crazy World. Thank you so much Annie!
December 13, 2007
My post for today is still concentrating on the berry stitch. I’ve continued to work away without any inspiration. Some say something to the effect that, steady plodding brings results. I’m taking that approach by faith with this stitch. I have more than enough samples for today’s post. I’m going to try to find the best and hope inspiration hits before I post again.
Somehow I think the sample above should work well in a repeating pattern. It might help if the end stitches and the center stitches were in a contrasting color. If nothing else inspires me this may be at least a starting point for further explorations.
I did get carried away trying to do something with a vine that I created “off grid” here.
I took it on grid, in the second photo. I liked that fairly well although I think it works better horizontally that vertically. It would be fun to experiment with a different color or thread weight for the berry stitch. Instead I tried the vine once more before I gave up on it. It needs a thinner thread for either the inner berry stitches or the outer curves so they don’t have to move out so far from the center. Another solution would be elongating the curve. I think this one is fourteen threads long. If I made it eighteen or twenty perhaps that would be enough to give it a more graceful appearance. Another possibility is to slant the berry stitch. Well it getting late, I’d better stop playing the “what if…” game and get this published as is.
December 12, 2007
Yes, the second day with the berry stitch and I’m struggling with ideas. Nothing is inspired. I’m just filling up my sample fabric with school girl ideas and hoping that in time something will spring up inside of me and I will understand how to use this stitch more effectively. I’ve already stitched enough school girl trials for another post beyond this one. Is it my patience or my persistence that is being tried?
Here are the samples. Perhaps they will inspire someone else.
This first group is my school girl exercises working with the both the inside and outside detached chain stitches that make up the berry stitch and how it relate to each other.
Then I thought why not more than one tie down. Since I certainly didn’t exhausted all the possibilities in this concept with one effort, perhaps I should come back to this idea later in the week.
I did try this one experiment using multiple tie downs in the midst of other ideas in the sample below.
The rest of these samples are simple “off grid” doodles.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. I appreciate your visits. Many thanks to those of you who leave so many kind comments of encouragement. I enjoy the questions, too. Please feel free to ask one at any time.
December 10, 2007
This fiftieth week of Sharon b‘s TSTC is set aside for the berry stitch. It is composed of two detached chain stitches. The second encompasses the first. Sharon has written up a great introduction to this stitch with helpful suggestions as well as a step-by-step.
As you may notice I’m putting the berry stitch into the category “detached chain stitch”. I will plan in the next week to add my categories on the TSTC stitch family page when the stitch does not have its own category. I will do the same for a few other stitches, such as last week’s pistil stitch that I placed in the “French knot” category.
All the samples in today’s post are “off grid” except the last one. My camera is still not working up to par, but the reason is eluding me.
As I turned my attention to this week’s stitch, I found that about a year ago in previous trials I’d misunderstood how to do this stitch and made an accidental variation. I tried to correctly execute everything above, but thought I’d post the variation since I might try using it sometime later this week.