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.

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.


Pamela said...

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

Rachel said...

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

Queeniepatch said...

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

Queeniepatch said...

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

Anonymous said...

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 said...

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

Queeniepatch said...

So do I.

Queeniepatch said...

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

I have only seen it on one website, Sarah's Hand Embroidery Tutorials

Thank you for your input, Mattia

Janie said...

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.

Queeniepatch said...

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

crazyQstitcher said...

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.

Queeniepatch said...

This stitch works up very quickly - instant results!