Sunday, 1 July 2018

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 66: Berwick Stitch

Welcome to another lesson. Today we are getting to know a cousin of the Buttonhole Stitch, Berwick Stitch, which I found in Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches.

Updated:
Also called Tailored Blanket Stitch according to Sarah's Hand Embroidery Tutorials and in French, according to Mattia, Torso Festoon Point. No Swedish name to my knowledge.

Work it like this:




The closer you work the stitches the 'knottier' the line becomes. 
Keep the tension, and avoid having to unstitch - it's a knotty stitch!

Homework, as usual, add stitches to these three pieces.

12 comments:

  1. I didn't know this stitch had its own name. The difficult thing is having to"unstitch" when you make a mistake!

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    1. So you hade seen the stitch before? I found it as I was leafing through MT's book.

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  2. The knotty stitches don't really unpick, but they bring fantastic texture to whatever they are used on!

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    1. I love the look of knotty stitches, but must remind myself every time not to make a mistake.

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  3. j'ai également trouvé ce point dans le Mary Thomas :
    - point de feston torse
    je ne l'ai trouvé nulle part ailleurs
    Encore un joli point à utiliser
    Mattia

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    1. I also found this point in the Mary Thomas:
      - torso festoon point
      I did not find anywhere else
      Another nice point to use
      Mattia

      I have only seen it on one website, Sarah's Hand Embroidery Tutorials
      http://www.embroidery.rocksea.org/stitch/blanket-stitch/berwick-stitch/

      Thank you for your input, Mattia

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  4. I think I like them best stitched close together for more knottiness.

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  5. I can see that the knot adds an anchor point and texture.
    And knots are difficult to unpick, yes.
    Some fun effects could be worked with that stitch.

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    1. It looks great on a curve, too, so it is very flexible.

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  6. I'll remember your tip for tension, Queenie and try it asap.
    I have a picture of an example but can't recall where I found it.

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    1. This stitch works up very quickly - instant results!

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