My Needle Berry
I don't own an antique sewing bird, but was still inspired to make it the centerpiece of a stitching-themed berry. In addition to the bird on it's brass stand, I've tucked in assorted other supplies we all keep on hand.
You will notice the plus-size berry in the photos. This is an example of the silk berry chart (a much larger stitch count versus the linen berry) when it is stitched over two threads on 40 count linen. It finishes about 6" long and 4" in diameter - much bigger, but still a great piece!
NOTE: Silk and linen berry chartpaks have been sold separately for some time, and copies are likely still available from numerous retailers. However, due to the lack of silk gauze available for the foreseeable future, My Needle Berry will be sold as a “partner” chartpak. This new format will include instructions and charts for both berries - but no silk gauze.
205 x 121
Suggested fabric option for silk berry: select your favorite even weave in a color similar to DMC 3865 or 3866.
Classic Colorworks: Bamboo (10 yards), Blacksmith Blue, Desert Mesquite, Gingerbread, Holly Berry, Old Blue Jeans, Razzleberry, Smoke, Zach Black
DMC: 834, 3021
Dungarees Glen Plaid wool from Weeks Dye Works
Just Sampler Stitches #jp126 Just Pins pack from Just Another Button Company.
40 count Legacy linen from Picture This Plus
Kudzu, Pecan and Dove wools from Weeks Dye Works
Vintage Ruler twill tape from Lady Dot Creates.
126 x 72
36 count Wren linen from Picture This Plus
The Gentle Art: Crystal Lake, Dried Thyme, Garden Gate, Grecian Gold, Heirloom Gold, Rose Garden, Uniform Blue, Weathered Barn
Juniper Glen Plaid from Weeks Dye Works
Quilty Pin-Mini pack (#jpm414) from Just Another Button Company
My Needle Berry, Copyright 2018. Original counted thread designs by Linda Stolz for Erica Michaels Designs.