December 2012


After setting the proper method to work this stitch, I worked some more samples on this stitch sampler.

47.portuguese borderst-sampler2

47.portuguese borderst-sampler2

3. I tried widening the stitch by working the alternate bars with a break in between in the first row. The second row is laced with rimjim thread. The third row is whipped with pink thread on both sides.

47.porborst2-3

47.porborst2-3

4a. I started some combination with other TAST stitches. I wanted to work whipped chain stitch. Sheaf stitch and whipped bars with Portuguese border stitch. The rows without Portuguese border stitch-

47.porborst2-4a

47.porborst2-4a

4b.With Portuguese border stitch-

47.porborst2-4b

47.porborst2-4b

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These threads are available in India on needlecraft shops. They have a shining quality which makes them ideal for embellishments and embroidery. They come in many colour combinations.
I am not sure about their quality, They untwist very fast, which makes it difficult to work on certain types of embroidery.
I was fascinated by their variety, and started stocking them.. The piece on which they are twirled around looks like a cone and hence the name.

cone threads

cone threads

The 47th week stitch is Portuguese border stitch on the TAST 2012 stitch challenge by SharonB. This stitch featured in the earlier TAST challenge. Looking at the condition of my samples, it would not be right to say I have done this before.
The first problem was the cone thread was not the ideal thread to work this stitch. While writing my post, I found from SharonB’s related post, the stitch should be worked differently. The needle should move outwards and not inwards as I have done.
I’ll take care of it from the next sample. hoping that this method would be easier.
The sampler of Portuguese border stitch worked inwards-

47.portuguese borderst-sampler1

47.portuguese borderst-sampler1

1.The first row is basic stitch! Two lines of this stitch worked together in opposite directions. The third row is half- Portuguese border stitch.

47.poborst2-1

47.poborst2-1

2.The stitch worked in a curve in the first row. The stitch is worked in two colours alternatively at an angle. The thread goes around the bar three times instead of two in the third row.

47.porborst2-2

47.porborst2-2

After working some more variations of berry stitch with other TAST stitches, I completed this stitch sampler.
The last part of the sampler-

50.berryst-sampler4

50.berryst-sampler4

10.Berry stitches are worked with Pekinese stitch variation ,twisted chain stitch and cross stitch in these three rows

50.berryst-10

50.berryst-10

11.I tried some French knots with berry stitches in the first row. Chevron stitch and berry stitch combination forms the second row, berry stitches are worked between basque stitches in the third row.

50.berryst-11

50.berryst-11

This is great stitch and easy stitch for beautiful embellishments. I enjoyed working on this stitch sampler.
Beads did not feature in this sampler too. I am yet to start thinking with beads for my samplers. though I get inspired by other people’s bead work , the skill seems to elude me at this time.

I continued working berry stitch along with other TAST stitches. The third  part of the sampler-

50.berry st-sampler3

50.berry st-sampler3

8.The berry stitches are worked with running stitch in the first row, feather stitch in the second row and two lines of arrow stitches in the third row.

50.berryst-8

50.berryst-8

9.Three berry stitch cluster is worked with buttonhole stitch variation in the first row. long tailed berry stitch and up and down buttonhole are worked in the second row. And berry stitches are worked with two stitches – Italian border stitch variation and individual fly stitch in the third row.

50berryst-9

50berryst-9

Some more experiments of this week’s berry stitch were done on this stitch sampler today.

50.berryst-sampler2

50.berryst-sampler2

5.The second detached chain stitches over the small detached chain stitches are worked in different ways in these rows. The overlapping detached chain stitches are worked two times in the first row. The overlapping detached chain stitches are worked in open chain stitch variation and twisted chain stitches in the second row. The overlapping detached chain stitches are worked in cable chain stitch in the third row.

50.berryst-5

50.berryst-5

6.The inner chain is worked in twisted chain in the first row. The outer chain is a combination of open chain with detached chain on top[or wheat ear stitch, I was not thinking of that stitch at this moment, though] in the second row. The outer chain is worked over the inner chain in the third row.

50.berryst-6

50.berryst-6

7.I started working berry stitch over other TAST stitches. The first row is herringbone variation and berry stitch, Cretan stitch with berry stitches are worked in the second row.

50.berryst-7

50.berryst-7

This week’s stitch of the TAST 2012 stitch challenge by SharonB is berry stitch or double detached chain stitch or double lazy daisy stitch. I started the sampler today, it looks like this now-
50.berryst-01 50.berryst-02 50.berryst-03 50.berryst-04
1.The basic berry stitches are worked horizontally in these rows.in the second row long and short berry stitches are alternated. The second detached chain stitches are extended in the third row.

50.berryst-1

50.berryst-1

2. The second detached chain stitches are worked with rimjim thread in the first row.. Rest of the berry stitch rows are laced and whipped with rimjim thread.

50.berryst-2

50.berryst-2

3.Four corners are worked with berry stitches. The design is repeated in this row.

50.berryst-3

50.berryst-3

4.Some motifs with berry stitch are explored in this part of the sampler. The other stitches used are detached chain, stem , Algerian eye, woven wheel, whipped wheel, pistil and buttonhole wheel.

50.berryst-4

50.berryst-4

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