Monday, 15 September 2014

TAST #129 Lock Stitch

Take A Stitch Tuesday, TAST #129 is called Lock Stitch. It is easy to stitch, but hard to make it look even! Does that make it a difficult stitch, I wonder?

 First I worked it on my Aida sampler. I used stranded floss, the pale pink is stranded linen.


Here I used Perle #5. I think the fibres in the thread got a better grip, but I am still not pleased with the tension.

As always Sharon's examples in the instructions are MUCH neater. Go to Pintangle and learn, and do a better job than I did!

25 comments:

  1. You are so good to keep up. I am trying to learn from your samples. As always, wonderful stitches!

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    1. Sometimes it is a struggle to keep up. On the other hand I feel the needlework is a way to cope with the stress built up by other things.

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  2. You are too hard on yourself. You stitching is fine.

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    1. I hope it WILL become fine one day. I have just looked at some other stitchers work and got a lot of ideas to try out.

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  3. Isn't it wonderful how color and spacing can change the whole effect ? Really nice.

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    1. You are so right. The choice of thread and colour can make the same stitch look like two totally different ones.

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  4. I wonder how it would look as a flower head....

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    1. Thank you for the idea. I wonder how the Lock stitch would look in a circle.

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  5. not tried this stitch yet but as you say getting the tension right is not easy it might appear on my next crazy patch will see how I get on with it

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    1. I think this a good cq stitch - you don't need to stitch through the fabric for the lacing part.

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  6. Your stitches are far neater than mine are. I wonder if I am drawing the thread too tightly.
    The top orange one is Good.

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    1. Oh, Maureen, I think you need new spectacles!

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  7. Ah, its one of 'those' stitches that are difficult to get right.....Like you, I get frustrated with the tension too, so i avoid it ! Must say though, yours are much better than mine !
    hugs
    Chris Richards
    xx

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    1. Well, that is a way to solve the problem - avoid it! ha, ha!
      The thing is that I promised myself to try all the TAST stitches and I WILL!

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  8. You're keeping up with the stitches! This is one of those stitches that works much better in a thicker thread. I think the last row would look better with longer straight stitches. I still have to stitch my lock stitches for this week!

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    1. Last night I made a birthday card using the Lock stitch in a circle, and it looked much better. This morning I watched your video on the Lock stitch and you have made me want to try out new versions!

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    2. I'm sure lock stitch in a circle makes a pretty flower, I hope you share it with us! And I'm glad I could inspire you with my video, there are so many simple stitches that could be the base for lock stitch. I'm looking forward to see more of your lock stitches!

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    3. I am always impressed with your work, and Chitra's, as well as many others who experiment and try stitch combinations.

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  9. yours are lovely samples. mine are not looking this great. still working on the piece. this stitch as flower looks fine.

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    1. It was your words 'this stitch as flower looks fine' that inspired me to make a birthday card with the Lock stitch. I am pleased with the result and will post it on my blog eventually. Annet has also shown some new versions.
      Thank you for your comments, ideas and advice.

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  10. I don't know... I think the slight variations with the interlaced threads adds character to the stitch. I will just be getting to mine today, and after seeing all of the lovely examples, I expect it will have a character of its own, as well!

    Your work is beautiful and the color combinations are fabulous.

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    1. I have now seen so many variations (buttonhole, long tailed chain etc) and levels of tension in the thread, as well as different threads and stitch lines that I think this will become a great stitch. I love the sharing of information and inspiration we all give each other.
      Please have fun with yours and it will be full of character!

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  11. I've yet to try this one, but if you have trouble keeping the tension even, I stand no chance! Your stitches look fine to me, especially the lower set.

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    1. One of the best things to do is wait until everyone else have posted their versions and you have a whole spectrum of stitches to get inspiration from.
      Annet also suggested working the interlacing from left to right, which I will try out.

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    2. I actually started a sample this afternoon and found I preferred working the interlacing from left to right too.

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